What colour’s your T-shirt?

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:


Thank you.

10 thoughts on “What colour’s your T-shirt?

  1. For me, a sort of dandelion yellow is a most cheerful, sunshine colour to look at – it makes me smile to think of it now. Sadly, it’s not a colour I look good wearing, my skin tone doesn’t work with it. However, I do agree that colour can affect mood and emotions.

  2. Cerise pink does it for me! I had my colours ” done” for me a few years ago and black does suit me so I really need to remember that there are also loads of other “winter” colours to choose from – today is going to see a very brightly coloured cardi that called out to me, rather expensively, in a shop a couple of days ago. 🙂 Do we have a ~Moodnudges image gallery Jon? It would be fun….

  3. What a coincidence – I was feeling quite upbeat and cheery today so instead of my black jeans decided to be bold and put on my red jeans today.

    Still smiling!

  4. Hi Jon,

    You may not be surprised to know that my colour of choice is yellow, as it is so warm and quite ‘ignorable’ (is that a word?), when it is very bright.

    To prove a point I just happen to be wearing a Yellow tee-shirt to the office today and despite it being a cold, wet morning, I have had several comments about my tee-shirt ‘brightening the place up’ and “here comes the yellow man” and this is the first time I have worn my yellow tee shirt to work!

    My reason for wearing yellow today was to brighten my day up, even I didn’t figure on it impacting on the people around me.

    Bright colours can certainly have an impact and not just on you!

    Keep up the conversations. Great stuff!

  5. Definitely sunshine yellow for me. My love of all things yellow, especially flowers, is a bit of a family joke. However like Helen sadly it doesn’t really suit my skin tones so I have to go for a paler yellow for T shirts but have been known to go mad on trousers, much to the horror of my kids! 🙂

    1. Interesting talk of yellow and skin-tones Louise. Happy to hear you can go a little mad on trousers though!

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