If you don’t mind, I’d like us to try a little experiment.
What springs to mind if I ask you to think of a cheery colour?
The average human eye is capable of distinguishing between around ten million different colours, so you’ve one or two to choose from.
Setting aside more esoteric shades such as Falu (a deep red) or Smaragdine (an emerald green) I’m guessing you won’t have selected black, midnight blue, or brown as ‘cheery’.
I imagine instead that you’ll have gone for something more like scarlet, orange, sky blue or daffodil, even if you didn’t use those precise labels.
When we think of cheery colours we tend to think of brighter ones.
I wonder, however, what colours you wear when you’re struggling through choppy water mood-wise?
My own experience suggests that it tends to be the drabber end of the wardrobe that’s pulled out on days like these.
A while ago I made a conscious decision to wear brighter colours at weekends.
(You probably don’t need a calendar to know what day of the week it is in our house.)
I expect you’ll know yourself that wearing brighter colours can help you feel, well, brighter.
Having recognized this, though, and with the health warning that I’m hardly a fashion advisor, I know I’m inclined to reach for dull colours on dull days.
Better, I’m certain, to wear something a little sunnier in order to give myself a boost.
I wonder if you might also see yourself in this?
I wonder if you already know that bright colours can help?
If so, perhaps this can be a reminder.
If not, maybe it can be a suggestion.
Why not put on something cheerful?
Oh yes, one last thing. Yesterday I asked if readers would be kind enough to complete a survey form which will help us put together a list of the best ways for someone to help a friend going through a rough patch mood-wise. I’m happy to report that 130 have already registered their views. But for anyone who hasn’t yet made their voice heard, there’s one last chance here: