Wake Up and Smell the… Orange Juice?

Orange You Glad?

It’s amazing what you find out when researching a project.  Before we get into today’s color, I’m going to highly recommend that all of you take up blog writing as a hobby.

Seriously! :)

orange-happy-faceOf course, not all of what I discover makes it past the final cut here on the 23rd floor of the Hamel Highrise.  It’s hard to get so much good stuff into a little 500-1000 word article.  However, it ALL stays with me, making me ever-ready for the most interesting and unique conversations when the opportunities arise.

Did I say unique?

That was the primary reason for my choosing the orange theme color for this blog.  I simply wanted to stand out; to make all those web speed-surfers say, “Whoa – what’s this?” before they cruised on by.

What I didn’t know was that orange is considered to be one of the happiest colors.  It is supposed to invoke some of the best feelings we can have.


Well, you definitely gotta Love That Feeling!

I swear I didn’t know.  Honestly!

Here’s what else I didn’t know.

orange-treeThis is the serendipity I was referring to earlier on – why everyone should start writing a blog as a hobby.

Years ago, there was an advertising campaign with Anita Bryant promoting Florida Orange Juice.  The tag line was, “Breakfast without orange juice is like a day without sunshine.”

My step-daughter SuvinThis promo ran back somewhere in the 70’s.  As my step-daughter teases me, “If you can remember that far back, you must be really old!”

Well, at least I can still remember, and that’s a good thing, right?

But I digress…

Anyway, one thing leads to another and before you know it I’m reading an interesting piece about why we usually drink orange juice for breakfast and not as a nightcap.

Now I don’t know about you, but that kind of question makes me stop and ponder, “Yeah, why DO we drink orange juice just for breakfast?”

Do you really want to know?

Do you promise to quit teasing me about my age?

OK, keep reading.

First, let me tell you what I gathered on flowers and jewelry.

What Does Your Orange Gift Mean?

orange-flowersOrange flowers are all about enthusiasm and pride of accomplishment.  They are also most appropriate for celebrating new beginnings and ventures.  One source even advises to send orange flower arrangements to the person who makes you feel warm and happy inside.  Notice the happy themes?

For those who want a boost in self-esteem and confidence, wearing orange jewelry might be just the thing you need.  Stones such as orange jade, carnelian, fire agate, and orange rhodochrosite are popular choices for people who want to take full advantage of the power of orange.

As with all things, balance is key.  Too much orange can cause one to become self-centered and arrogant while too little orange may lead one to become mistrustful or even anti-social.

Orange Around the World

  • The color orange signifies kinship to the native American Indian
  • Orange is the national color of the Netherlands
  • In China and Japan, orange symbolizes happiness and love

The Worst Joke of All Time

For all the happiness the color is supposed to bring, and for all the laughter jokes are intended to deliver, one of the worst jokes of all time just happens to include the word orange.  See if you agree:

dsc00233Knock, Knock!
Who’s there?
Banana who?

Knock, Knock!
Who’s there?
Banana who?

Knock, Knock!
Who’s there?
Orange who?
Orange ya glad I didn’t say banana again?!

You’d really groan if you heard my little five-year-old step-daughter try to tell this joke.  Tease me about my age one more time and I’ll make you watch a video of my little one destroying this already pathetic knock-knock joke.  You have been warned!  :)

More Orange FYI

  • Orange is the world’s third favorite flavor, after chocolate and vanilla
  • The first orange seeds and seedlings were brought to the New World by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage in 1493
  • The size of the navel determines the sweetness in navel oranges.  They derive their name from the belly-button feature opposite the stem end.

Back to Our Show…

orange-juiceCongratulations loyal reader.  You didn’t tease me about my age so, as promised I will answer the question, “Why DO we drink orange juice just for breakfast?”

The short answer is that the citrus smell energizes, invigorates and refreshes the senses.  It provides a stimulating wake-up effect.

However, orange juice for breakfast seems to be a western phenomenon because the vast majority of the world’s orange supply is grown here.  Of course, the freshness and availability of the oranges makes every day juice drinking a practical reality as opposed to countries like Japan where orange juice is imported in dry form, reconstituted and repackaged making it much more expensive and thus impractical for daily consumption.

Wait – There’s More…

Surely, this is already more information than you could ever want or need regarding the color orange.  However, I could be as wrong as I am old.  So for those who have an insatiable appetite for orange, your feast starts here:

Balancing the Physical Effects of Orange

Sensational Color – Orange

Are You Sure You Can Handle Orange Flowers?

It’s Fire On Fire With Orange

Colors – The Unspoken Communicators

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4 Responses to Wake Up and Smell the… Orange Juice?

  1. Tyralei Walters says:

    I’m writing a love journal for my children and one of my entries is about the orange tree that grew in our back yard. I wanted to include a tiny pic. Do you mind if I use your pic of your orange tree for my journal entry?

    Best Wishes, Tyra

    • Russ says:

      Hi Tyralei

      Absolutely, you may use the orange tree picture. Thanks for asking.

      The ‘love journal’ for your children sounds wonderful. Will you be sharing it with the public? Let me know and I’ll pass your link on to my connections. We are always looking for new ways to ‘Love That Feeling!’

      All the best from Toronto,

  2. Kristine says:

    My second favorite color is Orange, my second favorite fruit is Orange as well!
    Thank you for sharing this article. I came across your blog because I am looking for an “Orange Happy Face” Can i borrow your photo right there?

    Happy Writing! :)


    • Russ says:

      Hi Kristine,
      What is your FIRST favorite color and fruit? Let me guess – Blue and Blueberries? :)

      Yes, you may use the Orange Happy Face. Thanks for stopping by!

      All the best from Toronto,

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