Green thumb or green with envy?

Last Valentine's Day, we discussed the color red. It is St. Patrick's Day, so let's talk about green.

Green signifies growth and health. Contrastingly, it also has been associated with envy and jealousy (i.e. "green with envy"). Green is the emblematic color of Ireland, which represents the green hillsides and mountains, as well as Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick. Green is also well appreciated in Islam as paradise is said to be full of lush greenery. Recently, the word "green" also represents a changing lifestyle that promotes an environmental consciousness.

Some interesting facts about green, include:
*Researchers have found that green can improve a child's reading ability. Put a transparent sheet of green over the material and a lot of kids read better and faster.
*Green represents tranquility. A lot of guests appearing on tv shows will often wait in a green room.
*Permanent residents in the United States have a "green card" which is not green.
*Green is the color of the Heart Chakra, also known as Anahata. The Heart Chakra bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual worlds.
*There is a supserstition that sewing with green thread on the eve of a fashion show brings bad luck to the design house.

Green ranges from bright limes to forest greens and to dark olives. Combine green with red and a lot of people think about Christmas, while combining green with pink and we may think about Kate Spade color schemes. A yellow and green combination reminds us of Spring or French Country colors. The presence of various shades of grey-green reminds us of camouflage. Blue can symbolize water when coupled with green (which represents land).

Green is a wonderful color, so sip a cup of green tea, admire the signs of spring arrive as more green pops up around us, and listen to the smooth sounds of Kermit the Frog singing, "It's Not Easy Being Green".

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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