Why fashion makes us happy: the proven mental health benefits of a joy-bringing wardrobe

On Blue Monday- so-called because it is apparently the most depressing day of the year- I do think it’s worth flagging the fact that a little bit of fun fashion is a proven pick-me-up. Why not wear something that you enjoy and that makes you feel good about yourself?

“In the darker months of winter, our bodies can become deprived of light and some people suffer from seasonal affective disorder, which is a type of depression,” says Jules Standish, colour counsellor and author of How Not to Wear Black. “Many years of research has proven the effects of light and dark on our well-being. Our reaction to seeing inspiring, bright, harmonious things is mood-lifting, which in turn has a physical effect. So, don’t feel guilty, BUT Enjoy!!

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