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The Morning Call (Allentown, PA), March 11, 2008
Our environment can greatly influence our mental and physical states. Color, sound, and fragrance can be used to effectively bring about a feeling of calm. Building design can have similar positive effects.
Certain hues such as blues, greens, and pastels have a de-stressing effect on the body. Soft and harmonious music, like lullabies and many classical songs, as well as sounds of nature such as water and birds, has a soothing effect. Scents such as lavender, jasmine, chamomile, rose, sandalwood, and vanilla are used in aromatherapy
treatments to bring about a peaceful state.
Design elements, such as shape, texture, lighting, and placement of objects, can influence your mood. These are some of the concepts incorporated in the ancient Chinese art of feng shui (pronounced fung-shway).
Creating even one small corner of calm can be helpful, as it can serve as a temporary refuge from a stressful and chaotic world.
Copyright © 2008 by Sybil L. Holloway.
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