The Color Yellow

Yellow, the lightest hue of the spectrum, signifies joy, happiness, betrayal, optimism, caution, idealism, imagination, hope, sunshine, summer, gold, philosophy, dishonesty, cowardice, jealousy, covetousness, deceit, illness, hazard and friendship.


Yellow is psychologically the happiest color has been shown to energize people and relieved depression. Yellow stimulates mental processes and the nervous system, activates memory, and encourages communication.

Yellow has diverse meanings across cultures and continents:

Europe: In France, yellow signifies yellow signifies jealously, betrayal, weakness, and contradiction. In the 10th century, the French painted the doors of traitors and criminals yellow. In Germany, yellow symbolizes jealousy.

Asia: In China, yellow is associated with pornography (a “yellow book” is any pornographic media). In Japan, yellow represents bravery, wealth, and refinement. In Thailand, yellow is the lucky color for Monday, and it’s considered the most important shade of the week because it represents the King of Thailand. For Hindus, yellow is a sacred color that represents knowledge and learning.

Africa: Yellow is reserved only to people of high rank in many African nations, because of its close resemblance to gold, which is universally associated with money, quality, and success. In Egypt, yellow is associated with gold, which was commonly used to paint mummies and tombs before the deceased were sent to the afterlife, making it symbol for mourning.

GoldNorth America: Yellow is significant to three Native American nations, the Navajo, the Apache, and the Iowa, as it is the color of gold and corn and therefore wealth and prosperity.

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