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Blue is the colour

Each month, Martha Roberts, creator of The Colour File, investigates how colour makes us think, act and feel. This month, we put the spotlight on blue, as research shows, the world’s most popular colour*

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The phrase ‘feeling blue’ is thought to date back to when a returning naval ship flew a blue flag and bore a blue stripe on her hull if the captain had died during a voyage. But blue can also calm and soothe. In 2009, a Japanese railway company reduced suicide attempts by installing blue lighting on its stations.** One study found that blue is better for creating an environment of creativity and curiosity.***

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When we change our minds, we change our lives. This issue explores what happens when we do just this. What if you didn’t resign from a job, but could change the way you feel about it? Or what about finding a new way to open up to love? Or, what happens when we challenge the judgements we make about ourselves and each other? Read the astonishing life-changing effects of what happens when you think differently.   Change doesn’t always feel positive - you're made redundant, or your relationship breaks down, or we lose someone we love. And it's awful. Yes, we don’t always have control over what happens out there, but we always have control over how we react to it. This issue explores how to change our perspective to create the world we want.