Need Some Yellow?

The earth laughs in flowers. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to smile when you see a yellow flower?

Here, give it a try:

Pale yellow snapdragons

Pale yellow snapdragons

Bet you smiled, right?

Yellow is the color most often associated with happiness and optimism. Around the world, people gravitate toward the color yellow as a symbol of sunshine and warmth. (Yes, it’s also associated with caution and cowardice, but let’s look on the positive side here!)

According to color expert Kate Smith, yellow activates memory and encourages communication. The Yellow Chakra is located in the stomach region, representing vitality and will. Yellow gemstones include amber and citrine; they’re excellent for writers, helping increase eloquence.

Much of the United States has been covered with rain of late. I heard yesterday that the Dallas, Texas, area alone had a historic 17 inches of precipitation during the month of May. Driving back from church, I got caught in a DOWNPOUR — complete with wind, lightning, and overflowing roadside ditches — that made travel a harrowing activity.

So I think it’s time for a change in scenery. A focus on something uplifting, something creative, something luminous.

Something like yellow.

This peony's yellow centerpiece is most striking.

This peony’s yellow centerpiece is most striking.

Golden yellow lillies

Golden yellow lilies

Even a field of yellow weeds can be pretty!

Even a field of yellow weeds can be pretty!

Not sure what this is called, but I like its pale yellow flowers.

Not sure what this is called, but I like its pale yellow flowers.

Some variety of clover, I guess. Who knew it would make yellow flowers?

Some variety of clover, I guess. Who knew it would make yellow flowers?

This "popcorn rose" features white and yellow blossoms.

This “popcorn rose” features white and yellow blossoms.

Did you know that even people who have trouble seeing other colors can still see yellow? Did you know yellow, along with red and blue, are primary colors — meaning you can’t create them from any other color, and all the other colors are created from them?

Always use a yellow note pad to boost your creativity! And when you need clarity in making decisions, relief from burnout, and protection from depression, choose some Yellow.

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24 thoughts on “Need Some Yellow?

  1. That last paragraph made me smile. I’m surrounded by yellow post-it notes, little yellow legal pads, big, yellow, lined sticky notes. And, twenty-five years ago, when I was trying to decide what new profession I should take up in the boating world, I outlined the possibilities on a big, long, yellow legal pad. Who knew?

    I think your yellow “clover” is a variety of oxalis. I’ve never in my life seen that popcorn rose. It’s absolutely beautiful.

    • You must have known instinctively, Linda, that yellow boosts creativity! Funny, but yellow isn’t one of my favorite colors to wear, so I fail to surround myself with yellow things. Now that I know all its benefits, that’s going to change, ha! My yellow legal pad is out, ready for me to do a bit of outlining — lets hope this works!

      Oxalis, huh? Well, okay, that sounds about right. I was sort of wondering if it might not be a weed, for I’m pretty sure I didn’t plant it where it’s growing. I agree the rose is lovely. Too small, in my humble opinion, but it’s prolific and showy like a rose ought to be!

  2. “Always use a yellow note pad to boost your creativity! And when you need clarity in making decisions, relief from burnout, and protection from depression, choose some Yellow.”

    Debbie, that is SO interesting! I had no idea, but it makes sense because yellow is such an uplifting color.

    Out of all roses, YELLOW is my favorite. In fact, when I was still active in theater, my friends knew that I loved yellow roses and would give them to me on opening night as a gift.

    “The Yellow Chakra is located in the stomach region, representing vitality and will.”

    Yes, she is absolutely right because I’ve studied the Chakra system and practice working with it.

    GREAT post, my friend! Have a super Monday and week!
    X

    P.S. And speaking of rain, it’s raining here presently. I heard we’re getting a lot over the next couple of days.

    • So cool, Ron, that your friends knew of your delight in yellow roses and gifted you with them on opening nights! Yellow roses always remind me of Texas (the song, you know!), so when I see one, it takes me back to living there. I have a neighbor who grows a particularly large and lovely yellow rose, but I’ve never seen her take cuttings off to put inside in a vase (something I like to do periodically — it’s MUCH better than an artificial air freshener, ha!)

      Sorry we had to send the rain on its merry way, but we’re really tired of it! Hope it doesn’t do any damage for you and that sunny skies will return soon.

      Happy first week in June!

  3. Yellow. Is such a happy color. Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers and I love snapdragons – we just don’t have enough sun for them in our yard. Great yellow facts, too. I’ll have to buy some yellow post-a-notes!

    • Glad to help, Katybeth! Snapdragons seem to like my yard — Dallas never bothers them, and they’re able to soak up sunshine (when it’s not cloudy, ha!) I didn’t know that about Post-a-notes, either, but now I’m going to be looking for them, too.

    • HaHa! Would that a simple yellow notebook could work such magic! If it did, all of us would be buying one, right?! As it is, I’m finding it challenging just to make an outline on a yellow legal pad! (Must be something about the outlining, not the color, that’s causing the dilemma!)

  4. I didn’t know there were so many facts to know about yellow! Thanks for sharing all of this great knowledge, Debbie. I think I need to surround myself with more yellow. Who doesn’t want to be happier?

    • Me, too, Terri! I gravitate more to pinks and reds at this time of year, probably because they’re easier to find. One has to really look for yellow!

    • I love the name Snapdragons, too, Professor! Sounds all warrior-like and spicy, when they’re so unassuming.Glad to make you smile this morning!

  5. Debbie your photos are gorgeous. I will never look at yellow flowers again without thinking of you and remembering to appreciate life’s simple joys.

    • What a nice thing to say, Pat — thank you, my friend! I didn’t know all these “yellow facts,” either, before I did some research. Guess it’s a writer’s lot to be eternally curious, huh?!

    • Thanks, Monica! I see your gravatar photo is wearing yellow, so it stands to reason you must love that color. Wish I could wear it as stunningly as you do!!

  6. Yellow really is a happy color. In junior high, I was so into yellow, that was my room theme… white bedspread with yellow flowers, pale yellow walls and darker yellow curtains with ruffles that were just right. It was a lot of yellow but I liked it :)

    • My room as a child was pink. I’d have probably preferred blue or green, but I didn’t have much say in the matter, as I recall. Oh, well. Glad you surrounded yourself with some cheery yellow — sounds beautiful!

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