Feeling down? Flowers are a natural pick-me-up

Hand-tied bouquet of fresh flowers
Hand-tied bouquet of fresh flowers. Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists www.aboutflowers.com

You probably don’t need a scientist to tell you that receiving flowers makes people feel good. But did you know that there’s a scientific research that backs this up? It’s not necessarily the gift-giving that boosts your mood but the flowers themselves that are a natural mood enhancers.

Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director director of the Emotions Laboratory at Rutgers University has spent a lot of time researching the way that flowers make us happy, as well as make us generally more satisfied with life.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” says Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.”

A study by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, found that people feel more compassionate toward others, have less anxiety, and feel less depressed when they have flowers in their home.

“As a psychologist, I’m particularly intrigued to find that people who live with flowers report fewer episodes of anxiety and depressed feelings,” Dr. Etcoff says.

What does this mean for you? If you are feeling blue, buy some flowers! You don’t have to wait for someone to give them to you. Keep a fresh arrangement or two (or more!) in your house not only to beautify your house but to for lasting mood enhancer.

And if you know someone who is feeling down or just had a bad day, give them the gift of a better mood. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, a simple bunch of fresh flowers will do the trick!


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