How To Make Yourself Smarter: Using Colors

owl How do you know if someone is smart or not? It’s usually by the way they communicate. Today I’m bringing you an effective technique that will help you feel smarter when speaking.

Here’s the thing. When you believe in your abilities, you get excited about demonstrating them. I’d like to encourage you today to increase your powers of observation by learning and using more shades of colors. The more closely you observe your surroundings, the better the chances of you remembering them. You’ll also sound smarter by using more descriptive color names.

Improve Your Color Vocabulary

I strongly suggest that you learn and use the names of more of the world’s beautiful colors. You’ve probably heard of many of these colors already, but if you’re like most people, you don’t use them when describing objects, and the colors probably don’t come to mind when you’re thinking, “What color is that car?” The point of this exercise is to expand your descriptive capabilities. Give it a shot. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Note: Colors look slightly different when they are on-screen Vs. real life (print, everyday objects), so remember that your favourite color might look slightly different depending on where you’re viewing it.


I’ve included some shades of red in the image above for your reference. All you need to do is print off this selection (or mentally study the page), and then go around looking for objects of that color until it’s part of your vocabulary.

For more colors, check out this list on Wikipedia (scroll to the very bottom of the page). The web colors page is good too (scroll about 1/4 of the way down the screen).

Start with web colors

If you don’t want to go all out, I’d recommend starting to use the web colors. These shades are popular and will help you start expanding your usable color vocabulary. These are the colors that graphic designers use for web pages.


Symbolism of color

Colors are also strongly ingrained in every world culture. Depending on where you go, the colors you wear or present yourself with can have different impacts. Knowledge of This can be useful when communicating with people from other cultures.

Here’s a useful link to an article on color and culture.

Make color part of your day

The exercise for improving your color vocabulary is simple. Look at some of the examples I’ve provided here and then go out and describe your surroundings using your new color words. Just describe what you see. “I see a teal car driving past the fuchsia mailbox.” You can also use your enhanced color skills in your every-day speech. Most other people are familiar enough with the colors to know what you’re talking about, so unless you pick a really obscure color, don’t worry about it.

In closing, remember that when you pay attention, you stand a better chance of remembering. If you’re conscious of the colors around you and the words you use, you’ll feel smarter too. This is just a small change, but it’s like the You’re Making Me motto says, “It’s the little things you do each day that make you great.”


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