There is nothing more uplifting on a gloomy wet winters day than a splash of colour. Actually, it doesn’t have to be winter for bright colours to improve someone’s mood; colour and a little hoopla should be a daily occurrence in my opinion. I’m not the only one who thinks so, Jules Standish, author of the book ‘How Not To Wear Black’, states “looking at warm, bright colours, such as red or pink, releases dopamine – known as the feel-good hormone” which can improve our mood, heighten the attention span and even boost our sex drive. Many of us spend our lives in black, brown, navy, white and grey, not just in our wardrobes, but in our cars, houses and furnishings. It could be time to widen our horizon and incorporate a splash of colour, a zing to our zang so to speak. Colour people! And lots of it. It’s good for the soul. Thankfully right here in Invercargill on that rather gloomy winter day I mentioned before, the day was considerably brightened on Esk Street during this year’s Southland Festival of the Arts, when the street received a colourful makeover, albeit a temporary one. Esk Street was the lucky location of the first Yarn Bombing in Invercargill. I’m all for colours, creativity and spontaneity; all things many of us have lost during the course of our busy daily lives. It’s time to let that inner colour out, let it see the light of the day and even when it’s a little overcast outdoors, it’s sure to brighten the day of the next person you share it with.
Congratulations to the organizers and participants, let’s hope it’s a tradition that is carried on for years to come.
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