Are you feeling stressed, anxious, or worried? Our fast-paced lifestyle is taking its toll on our emotional health causing high levels of stress and anxiety. If you or someone you know is going through a tough season of life, consider sending them flowers to boost their mood! Science has proven that nature provides us with a simple way to improve mental health. According to research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in the United States, the presence of flowers triggers positive emotional feelings and improves life satisfaction.
A group of behavioral scientists studied the link between flowers and satisfaction over a 10 month period. Dr. Haviland-Jones said, "Common sense tell us that flowers make us happy. Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being." The final results were outstanding.
Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed "true" or "excited" smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.
Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically, study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.
Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.
The study also noted where the flowers were displayed. The arrangements were placed in public areas with high visibility - such as foyers, living rooms, and dining rooms.
If you or someone you know is struggling, send them a fresh flower arrangement to lift their spirits and improve their mental health. Contact your local florist today to send flowers that will make a positive difference in someone else’s life!
This information was gathered from http://evp.sagepub.com/content/3/1/147470490500300109.full.pdf: An Environmental Approach to Positive Emotion: Flowers.