It’s time for the luck of the Irish and celebrate all things GREEN.
In Ireland we all hold our collective breath to see what the weather is going to be like on St. Patrick’s Day because that is supposed to tell us if we get a good or bad summer, based on whether good old St. Patrick has turned his fabled stone onto the warm or cold side. And then there’s the wearing of “the green” for St. Patrick’s day. It’s said that wearing green on St. Paddy’s day makes you invisible to the Leprechaun’s who have apparently a tendency to sneak up and nip those who aren’t wearing green. Now I’ve never worn green on St. Patrick’s Days and can’t say that I’ve ever felt a leprechaun nip me, but I suppose there’s always a first time. I’ll let you know if I do as I’m not wearing any green today either. OUCH! ;)
Even though it’s all about the green here in Ireland today, I wanted to let you into to a secret. Green is actually really cool. Really…it is. Not just because it’s synonymous with our beautiful Emerald Isle, but because green is actually an incredibly power packed colour with measurable life enhancing properties.
Now you’re probably saying to yourself, ”Oh come on Andi…where are you going with this?” But stick with me here, GREEN really is an awesome colour.
Ever been to your doctor when you’re feeling low or perhaps depressed? Well, if you have, your doctor may have recommended a nice walk in the park or countryside as part of the treatment to help you feel better. A lot of medical professionals will recommend getting out into the countryside to help with the blues or depression. Why? Well you’re probably thinking to yourself that sure, everyone knows that a good walk outside is always good for you with all that fresh air and everything. And you would be right. Getting a good lung full of fresh air is great! But there’s more to it. It’s not just the fresh air that does you good…it’s actually is the colour green.
Psychologists and Scientists have discovered that there is something about the colour green that makes us all feel and think better. Apparently, according to studies carried out, Green can help us solve problems, become more creative as well as reducing our stress and anxiety levels. So if you want to be more creative or a little more sharp in your cognitive performance, then simply having exposure to the colour green can significantly help you. Cool huh?
But the most powerful effect that the colour green has been proven to have is called the Biopholia effect. Now you know when scientists give something a name that it must be something that they’re taking seriously. And believe me, they are. The Biophilia effect is something scientists and psychologists are taking very seriously.
Apparently a walk in the countryside or park really does do us good, because there is something about the natural colour green that rejuvenates us. Tests have proved that exposure to natural green helps restore an agitated person’s heart rate to more settled state, and test subjects who were made to take a three mile walk through a park before taking undertaking a cognitive test, performed much better than those asked to walk through a built up area.
So…why am I telling you all this? Because it’s St.Patrick’s day and Green rocks of course! But also…because I want you to realise that there’s a reason why I believe the natural colour green does us so good: God made it that way.
I believe God created everything, and in doing so has built in natural resources to help us and plants are part of that. Science is proving that mere few moments exposure to trees, grass and plants can help heal us, and that’s because God crafted all of these things with love in order to communicate to each one of us that we are indeed deeply loved. This, I believe, is why being in nature helps restore us. Nature never condemns us. All of creation is singing God’s song of love to us, and all we have to do is listen, receive and learn to join in.
So Happy St.Patrick’s Day! I hope you have a great one and that you get some Power of the Green into your day.