How Mood Rings Work

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The Predictability of Color

Mood rings work with the flow of blood from our bodies. As our blood heats and cools, colors on the ring respond to its temperature. Our bodies adjust the colors of mood rings based on the heat generated from our emotions. Their colors are determined by how we respond to the different scenarios in our lives. Our response to these situations is actually a physical reaction that increases or decreases blood flow, thus changing the temperature of our bodies. This in turn alters the color of the mood ring.

Molecular Science

Science has been very generous in offering explanations for how mood rings work. It has gone to great lengths explaining the physiological connection between body temperature and chemical interaction. Mood ring stones are made from crystals filled with liquid. The molecules in the liquid respond to temperature. Their colors adjust to the level of blood flowing through our veins. When light interacts with this process, the colors appear to have changed.

In reality, the angle of the light affects the ray of colors being displayed. Since the molecules are responding to the temperature, they move to different positions within the ring. When this happens, light is absorbed and reflected accordingly.

Role of Temperature

The temperature scale for mood rings is based on the average warmth of a normal person. Green became the color of choice to indicate a typical mood. When people are relaxing, their body temperatures tend to rise. Green stones will begin changing to shades of aqua as this happens. Bluish green colors in a mood ring indicate calmness. As the colors shift to darker shades of blue, happiness and even passion are then determined.

On the other end of the spectrum, a green mood ring leaning toward yellow shows signs of anxiety. People who are stressed out about something often have lower body temperatures. Yellow shades change to gray, which can quickly turn to black. Black is serious, and even tense.

The obvious is true. When a person is excited, more blood flows through their veins. Temperatures rise, altering the molecules of fluid in a mood ring stone. The color shows this correlation appropriately. Stress creates tension and less energy. It decreases blood flow, which then lowers body temperature. Lower temperatures do not reflect as much light.

Range of Colors

Mood ring colors are many and varied. Different manufacturers have marketed them with a wide range of colors. There are books explaining the meaning of each possible shade. Color charts are also available. It seems only right to mention the study of color psychology as well.

While once confined to the limited prospects of selling only rings and other trinkets for the advancement of color influences, marketers have now tapped into the age of technology. People no longer need to look at the ring on their finger to know their mood. They can find out by simply holding their cell phone, ipod, or favorite video game. It seems mood wraps are becoming all the rage, as people enjoy the fun of color phenomena.

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