Consider the following: Humans can perceive more than seven million different hues; Research shows colors actually make us happy — think bouquets and balloons; And our homes are supposed to be places to nurture our bodies and souls. So what's with all the gray and white that people are decorating their homes with these days?

In fact, writes designer Ingrid Fetell Lee, author of Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness, "When I studied color and its effect on joy, I wondered: Why is there such a gap between the colors that enliven us and the colors that surround us?" In this issue, local designers discuss how to confidently, and dare we say, boldly, add some joyful color to your surroundings. It's easier than you might think and worth the effort.

In our Health section, we explore the burst of activity in brain research in the Inland Northwest. People with neurological disorders like Parkinson's and ALS have the opportunity to stay in the region while still participating in large clinical trials, and the new Gleason Institute promises to bring local patients access to cutting-edge treatment and assistive technologies.

Finally we take a look at the Flying Irish Running Club, a Spokane institution that's inspired thousands to get those daily steps, while enjoying camaraderie and fresh air. Sounds like a recipe for good health.

Cheers!

Polly Apfelbaum: Frequently the Woods are Pink @ Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU

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About The Author

Anne McGregor

Anne McGregor is a contributor to the Inlander and the editor of InHealth. She is married to Inlander editor/publisher Ted S. McGregor, Jr.