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Thursday, October 9, 2014



Color psychology… Does It Say Something About You?

Does color really affect our physiological and psychological well-being? Let’s have a little fun as we will look at color, and how it relates to our moods, our choices, and the message color sends to others.

We know that color can:
·      Send a powerful positive or negative message
·      It can encourage sales by drawing our attention to objects
·      It can calm a crowd, or calms a patient in the hospital
·      It can energize us


Test #1 Personality Choice Related to Your Favorite Color
Choose from these colors
RED, BLUE, GREEN, BLACK, PINK

Here are the generally accepted symbolism of the color you choose:
·      RED- You have a zest for life.  It says you are intense, competitive, daring and passionate
·      BLUE- This is the color of tranquility and peace.  It says you are cool and confident and have a high sense of responsibility. You might be a perfectionist in nature
·      GREEN-You are stable and balanced and love to grow and be enriched.  You are a joiner and a team player.  You are kind and generous.
·      BLACK- You see yourself as worldly, or sophisticated, or conventional. You are clever, strong & have a good head when it comes to making decisions. Prestige is important to you.
·      PINK- You are talented, charming and warm.  You have lots of drive and are a romantic.


Test #2:  Does Your Car Color Define Your Personality?

The 2004 Dupont Automotive Color Popularity report of owner’s personality related to car color choices.

·      Silver: Elegant, loves to be futuristic
·      White: Neat and tidy
·      Light to Mid-Blue: Cool, calm faithful, quiet
·      Dark Blue: Credible, confident, dependable
·      Red: Sexy, high energy and dynamic
·      Black: Empowered, loves elegance, appreciates classics
·      Gray: Sober, corporate, practical
·      Dark Green: Traditional, well balanced
·      Yellow: Trendy, lively, whimsical
·      Gold: Intelligent warm, loves comfort
·      Brown: Down to earth, no nonsense

                

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Generations express stress

The American Psychological Association has completed an extensive study on “Stress in America.” The results might be surprising to many readers as it relates to the differences between the generations.

There are some differences between age brackets and their stress levels. On a 10 point scale here are how the age levels rank related to stress.

Levels of Stress within the Generations:
  • * 5.4 on a 10 point stress rating is reported by Millennials (age 18-33)
  • * 5.4 on a rating scale is reported by GenXers (age 34-47)
  • * 4.7 rating for Baby Boomers (age 48-66)
  • * 3.7 rate for Mature citizens (age 67 and higher)
What else do we know about the study related to age brackets?
  • * Millennials and GenExers report high stress with job stability, work issues and money.
  • * Matures and Boomers say their issues center around health.
  • * 52 percent of Millennials report that their daily stress keeps them awake at night.
  • * 48 percent of GenXers report that their stress levels keep them from sleeping.
  • * Compare those numbers to Mature citizens reporting only 25 percent of sleep disturbances and 37 percent for Baby Boomers. 

What else do we know?
  •  *Only 25 percent of this population say they are coping well.
    * Millennials and GenExers report they are dealing with stress by overeating, excessive drinking and smoking more than other populations.
    * This population tends to use shopping for coping and turn less to religion and stress management techniques.
    So we have learned so far that Americans are stressed, women are doing a poorer job of stress management and our younger population is highly stressed. Next week we will look at regional trends before we talk about stress tips for everyone.

Building relationships that last

Relationship experts generally agree on two things about lasting & enduring relationships: First, relationships are BUILT not FOUND. Secondly, that lasting relationships are sustained and kindled in many small ways throughout the years.

We see more and more divorces and separations today in America. What do couples who have sustained long relationships suggest are common keys in their lasting success?
  • · good communication based in good listening and reflecting skills
  • · shared interests and hobbies
  • · mutual respect for each other without needing to change the other person
  • · ability to give and take—learning the skills of compromise & negiotation
  • · equality in the relationship which encourages individuality
  • · playfulness & humor
How do these partners create this type of enduring love?
  • · accept differences in each other
  • · maintain strength during adversity—work together when times are difficult
  • · provide nurturing, kindness and gentleness
  • · build togetherness
  • · use positives- be a cheerleader for each other
What are some simple things you can do each day that will take less than 5 minutes to nurture your relationship?
  • · Make time for touching, hugs, and kisses
  • · Bring attention to “us” This means make the relationship the number one priority in your life
  • · Give compliments to your partner. Try to say at least 5 positive things to your partner each day
  • · Express appreciation & gratitude to your partner
  • · Have “meaningful” communication about things that matter. Talk about your dreams, your purpose, and things that are of value to both of you.
  • · Say “I love you” and let your behaviors exhibit it

The pursuit of happiness

Who are the happiest people in the world?
•    The happiest people live in Iceland, #2 New Zealand, #3 Denmark.
•    U.S. ranks 23rd
•    Americans have lots of “toys” and things, but they don’t know how to enjoy what they have and
      keep looking for more
•    Happiness has a lot to do with taking a risk, searching and achieving
•    People who make more money in the U.S. tend to be happier and have great well being despite
      past statistics that have told us differently
•    People are happier when they can purchase non-necessities and Americans spend more on cars,
     eating out and sports.

What do we know about Americans and happiness in the last ten years.
•    15 percent were pessimists in 2004 and in 2013 only 4 percent.
•    79 percent said they were optimists in 2004 and 50 percent currently
•    35 percent of people save working towards a goal makes them happy, but 59 percent of
      Americans say achieving a goal makes them happier
•    41percent of people say they are as happy as expected and 28 percent say they are happier than
      expected and 27 percent say they are unhappy

What are some simple truths about the pursuit of happiness?

•    Remember: People who have good memories and reminisce are happiest.   •    Couples: Married people tend to be happier than singles
•    Furry Friends: Happier people tend to have pets to provide comfort, companionship and love.
•    Exercise: Those who take a daily walk or jog, tend to be happier than those who are sedentary.
•    Spirituality: Studies show that those who have a spiritual connection are happier than those who
      don’t.
•    Kids: Adolescents' happiness rises when they have hobbies, are in team sports and have active
     lives with friends.