I'm not sure of the reason or the origin, nor am I sure if we mirror other languages and societies in this aspect, but in the English language we seem to have an affinity for linking colors with emotion.
"Green with envy." "Feeling blue" as a euphemism for depression or sadness. "Seeing red" to convey rage. There is something about color that pairs nicely with an emotional image.
In a different spin on my next word game, I'm going to give you emotions and I want you to give me a color. Next week we'll try reversing it.
writercize: For each of the five emotions listed below, tell me the first color it brings to mind.
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bored - beige
surprised - orange
serene - aquamarine
afraid - camouflage ... or slatejealous - deep purple