Some people are naturally “morning people.” They wake up in a great mood, ready to tackle the day with a smile on their face and a song in their heart. I would venture to say, however, that most people are not inclined to cheerfulness in the AM. But there may be hope! A study at Harvard University showed that flowers may help some people feel “happier and more energetic” at the start of the day.
“The morning blahs, it turns out, is a real phenomenon, with positive moods – happiness, friendliness and warmth, for example – manifesting much later in the day,” says lead researcher Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D.“Interestingly, when we placed a small bouquet of flowers into their morning routines, people perked up.”
So, putting a some fresh flowers in your kitchen or bathroom or wherever you spend time during your morning routine can help kick start the day. I don’t think I’ll be getting rid of my coffee maker any time soon but this sounds like an easy way to get even more mileage from that cup of joe.
A good mood can be contagious so adding flowers to your home can even help your co-workers.
“What I find interesting is that by starting the day in a more positive mood, you are likely to transfer those happier feelings to others – it’s what is called mood contagion,” says Etcoff. “And, the kitchen is the place where families tend to gather in the morning – imagine how big a difference a better morning mood can make.”
Of course, adding flowers to the workplace has even more positive effects. It’s starting to sound like flowers are the miracle drug we’ve been looking for!
Seriously though, I don’t know many people who couldn’t use a mood booster in the morning and adding flowers is a simple solution that anyone can do.