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In 2011, the "happiest 5K on the planet" was founded. Since then, The Color Run has grown to become the single largest event series in the world, inspiring hundreds of knock-off events and encouraging even non-runners and entire families to participate.
So it's no wonder the idea has spread in recent years. Ingrid Fetell Lee dedicated an entire chapter in her book Joyful to the idea that vibrant color can create joy. Ancient civilizations around the world have used color to heal and some therapists still use chromotherapy in their practices today. Artists like Lisa Frank and Jessi Raulet create joyful works of art with their unique use of brilliant colors. Coloring books for adults are taking over entire sections in bookstores, and vibrant patterns are trending in the fashion world.
My experiments with color began with the overhead lights in my living room. I replaced the atrocious fluorescent LED bulbs with LIFX bulbs, which can be controlled through the LIFX app on my phone. There are literally hundreds of possibilities with these bulbs! I can manually adjust the color or choose from preset themes like energizing or tranquil. I can also connect the bulbs to my nest, which will automatically adjust the color temperature according to the time of day. If you're looking for a simple way to make your home more inviting, warm or energizing without repainting every room, here's your solution.
My next goal as I continue my adventures with color is to become more intentional in choosing what I wear and the environments I spend time in. I'll keep you updated on my findings here on the blog and via Instagram!