How Lighting Affects a Person’s Mood

Lighting has more of an effect on your mood than you might initially think. It's actually been shown in study after study that brighter lighting improves your mood while dimmer lighting (or lack of light altogether) results in a drop-off in mood or even depression. Mood Lighting: It's All in Your Head  The intensity of light has such a powerful effect on our moods since light alters our hormones and limbic system, which is the part of the brain that controls emotions. Brain chemicals like melatonin and serotonin are affected by dim lighting. Your brain is essentially gauging the amount of light in the environment minute-to-minute and deciding whether its nearing bedtime - as your brain detects less light, melatonin shoots up and your circadian rhythm gets your body ready for bed by making you tired. This whole process can definitely be a problem if you're in a dimly-lit environment during the morning, or a brightly-lit environment during nighttime. Although you'…
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