Most of us get excited when someone brings you a fresh bouquet of flowers or you get a special delivery of flowers at the office, but did you know that flowers may actually trigger positive responses in the body?
According to a behavioral research study conducted by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, nature has given us a simple way to improve emotional health with flowers. The presence of flowers not only triggers happy emotions, but also heightens feelings of joy, reduces stress, and affects social behavior in a positive manner that is far beyond what we had previously perceived.
Isn’t that exciting? Something so simple as the pure act of getting flowers can help you feel happier?! "What's most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way," said Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers and lead researcher on the study.
The results of the study were:
- Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed "true" or "excited" smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude.
- Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. 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 explored flowers on display in the home. In homes where flowers were displayed, visitors viewed the home as more welcoming and open to sharing.
So it’s not just a warm and fuzzy feeling you're having, it’s actually chemicals in your body reacting to the colors, smells, and the sight of flowers.
The next time you send someone flowers, think about what kind of impact you want to make on that person. Are you trying to brighten their day? Did they just lose a loved one? Are you trying to woo a special someone on a date? The floral choices you make can have a direct effect on those around you, so what do you want to say?
We hope its “Have a wonderful day!”