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Flowers and Happiness – Exploring the Link

Do you remember the last time you received flowers? Think about what you felt at that moment. What did you feel upon seeing perhaps that big bouquet of roses from your husband, or those bright, cheerful tulips your son gave you for Mother’s Day? Most probably you will remember feelings of gratitude, happiness and an overall feeling of joy.

That doesn’t really come as a surprise. Experts have long ago established the link between flowers and happiness. Nature has long been providing us with simple but effective ways to alleviate stress, induce relaxation and lift our general emotional and mental health. Just being surrounded by flowers can trigger a  more heightened sense of satisfaction in life, which can be translated to more kindness and compassion towards other people.  Rutgers study explored the link between flowers and happiness and found several surprising facts. Although we already know that flowers are linked to emotions, we did not know the extent of such a link. Now we know that flowers not only have an impact on happiness, they have an immediate impact on happiness. Upon receiving flowers, participants in their 10-month study expressed supreme delight, shown through “genuine” and “excited” smiles. This phenomenon is true for all age groups. Flowers and happiness go hand in hand regardless of age.

The study also found other things about flowers and happiness. The positive effect that flowers have on people lasts for a long time. The long-term joy that people feel when they are surrounded by flowers translates to less feelings of depression and anxiety and a better sense of life satisfaction and enjoyment. Another surprising fact about flowers and happiness is that simply being surrounded by flowers increases interpersonal communications between people. The study shows that when people display flowers in their homes, the generally feel more cheerful. When people display their flowers in their homes, such as in their living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms and foyers, it makes the place more inviting and more conducive for welcoming guests. Ultimately, they are able to carry these positive feelings even as they step outside their homes. They bring in their positive vibes as they interact with people in the workplace, for example. Flowers can help enhance productivity in the workplace and help both long and short term memory. Indeed, even senior citizens report being able to cope with the challenges of aging better when they are surrounded by flowers.

Flowers and happiness, it seems, cannot be separate from one another.Today, some people practice flower therapy which is centered in the belief that our emotional and even mental states can be improved through the use of flowers. The benefits we reap from flower therapy are related to factors such as the form, smell and color of a flower. Red roses, for example, may stimulate our adrenal glands and make us more active. Sunflowers can boost our energy and make us more hopeful and optimistic. Irises can make us more confident while bluebells can help us get that important good night’s sleep.

2 Responses to “Flowers and Happiness – Exploring the Link”

  1. That was a really good post… thanks a lot for sharing…

  2. Happiness is a state of mind that really depends how we see the situations in our lives each day. you can have all the riches in the world but still see it as a lonely place.***

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