How was your Easter? I hope you had a good day.
Easter makes me think of new life and new beginnings. It makes me think of Springtime and flowers! Flowers naturally bring us joy and lift our spirits. Whether you buy them for yourself or someone sends them, it’s been scientifically shown that flowers help combat depression and boost memory, among other things. That makes having flowers a wonderful Self-Care Tool to add to our Toolboxes!
We all enjoy flowers. It’s a no-brainer that they make us feel special and appreciated. However, there is research that shows many benefits of having flowers in your environment. Both Rutgers University and Harvard University (among the big names) have done research on those benefits and have found that flowers bring more satisfaction to our lives. “The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.” (Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers and lead researcher on the study.) According to this study in 2007, flowers bring immediate pleasure to the recipient. They can also have long term mood enhancing qualities and enhance a person’s social connections.
“Flowers bring about positive emotional feelings in those who enter a room,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “They make the space more welcoming and create a sharing atmosphere.” See? Flowers not only make you happy, they affect those around you as well.
Another study, also conducted at Rutgers, regarded effects of flowers on seniors.
“The results are significant because as our nation grows older and life becomes more stressful, we look for easy and natural ways to enhance our lives – and the lives of our aging parents,” said Dr. Jeannette Haviland-Jones. “Now, one simple answer is right under our noses.” Dr. Haviland-Jones and her associates found that flowers decreased depression, enhanced social connections and refreshed memory in the study group. All these situations can especially be problems for older people. Flowers are so much better than a pill, prettier and cheaper too!
Here’s a fun chart. I’m copying it directly for you. I really love the way flowers and colors speak to us. (This is also from Rutgers in association with the Society of American Florists.) By the way, I have no connection to Rutgers. I just found their research intriguing and interesting!
The researchers from Rutgers determined that the flower recipients in the study experienced an elevation in mood that lasted for days. And Chinese healers – who’ve long believed in “flower power” – say that it doesn’t stop there. They say you can utilize flowers to summon whatever power or emotion you’d like – and that the secret is in the flower’s color. Each color creates a different frequency of light waves, they believe, which travel through the retina and down the optic nerve, setting off a chain reaction of responses in the body. Neurotransmitters are then released, inducing the production of calming hormones like melatonin, stimulating hormones like adrenaline, and mood-boosting hormones like serotonin.
Here’s how you can enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of flowers
Increase energy with red roses
Since red has the slowest vibratory rate and and longest wavelength, it stimulates adrenal glands, boosting energy.
Boost confidence with irises
The color indigo stimulates the brain’s pineal gland, which is the regulator of sleep patterns. Indigo also helps to free the mind of worries, fear and inhibition.
Enhance alertness with sunflowers
Yellow light waves stimulate the brain, making you alert, clearheaded and decisive. And since we associate yellow with the sun’s rays and daylight, it’s said to help us feel more optimistic.
Get a good night’s sleep with bluebells
Blue triggers the production of melatonin, a brain chemical that helps us relax and sleep soundly. Blue also stimulates the thyroid gland to release thyroxine, a hormone that regulates metabolic rate.
Relax with green zinnias
Green affects the nervous system, making us breathe slowly and deeply, slowing the production of stress hormones and helping the heart relax.
Prevent allergies with orange daisies
Orange strengthens the immune system and the lungs, which can ward off spring allergies. Orange also has a strong beneficial effect on the digestive system and can stimulate the sexual organs.
Relieve stress with lilacs
Violet cools us, alleviating “hot” conditions like heat rash and sunburn, and suppressing hunger and balancing metabolism. It also stimulates the pituitary gland, the part of the brain that releases tension-fighting beta-endorphins.” (2002, Society of American Florists)
Not to leave Harvard out, Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in conjunction with the Society of American Florists, explored the effects of flowers in the home environment. In 2006, Dr. Etcoff conducted a study showing that people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when flowers are present in the home. The study also revealed that people who have flowers in their home find the positive effects of their presence carries over into their work environment and can continue for up to a week.
So, go buy some flowers for yourself! They will share their happy beauty with you. Even the cheapest bunch at the grocery store will last for a week or more when the “Flower Food”, usually included, is used in the water. If there’s no “Flower Power”, crush an aspirin in warm water and be sure to cut a bit off the stems right before putting the flowers into the water.
Have a family member who’s allergic to flowers? Bummer! But you can try putting the bouquet in a room not frequented by that individual. You can go to that spot and enjoy them, along with some silence and rest and get the benefit of using several Self-Care Tools at the same time.
Flowers are so lovely; pick some from your yard, get some from the grocery store or go all out and get some from a florist. However you attain them, flowers will pay you back in so many happy ways! It might feel like a big splurge, but look at the benefits!
Flowers bring happiness and happy people are kinder and live longer!
Do you enjoy flowers regularly? Where do you get yours?
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Thanks so much for reading and sharing! Have a flowery week!