We don’t mind admitting our obsession with fresh flowers, and luckily, there’s lots of science to back up the seasonal splurge! Our contributor, Arin Agase, shares four of the proven positive effects of fresh flowers below.
The phrase “flower power” is about to get a whole new meaning! Much like peace, flowers actually improve your well-being. Research consistently links indoor flowers to increased happiness, positive energy levels and a reduction in depression and anxiety. I think we can all agree that fresh flowers around the house are quite the delight! I make sure to keep fresh blooms on my nightstand for a positive kick each morning. Trader Joe’s sells them for less than $5, and now that the farmers’ market season is finally upon us, make sure to support your local producers—it’s most definitely a win-win!
Brightly colored flowers tend to energize, while softly shaped flowers will help you feel more relaxed and balanced. Pro tip: Make sure to keep your flowers where you spend the most time. This means taking them to the office if you’re there most often. If you need a little more convincing, we’re sharing some more of the health benefits gained from fresh blooms below. Enjoy!
- Flowers feed compassion: Studies show that participants who lived with fresh-cut flowers for less than a week felt an increase in compassionate feelings for others. Kindness for the win!
- Boost your enthusiasm and energy: Having flowers in the home can carry over to the workplace. A recent study found that people were more likely to feel happier and have more enthusiasm and energy at work when flowers were in the living arrangements. How neat is that!?
- Cure for the morning blues: In a recent study, participants were asked to keep flowers on their bedside as part of their morning routines. It turns out that people perked up when waking to fresh blooms! If you’re looking to add an extra pep to your step, try incorporating some blooms into your morning routine.
- Happiness is contagious: Flowers have long-lasting effects on people’s moods. For instance, by starting the day in a more positive mood, you are more likely to transfer those happy vibes and feelings on to others. It’s called mood contagion, and we’re all about spreading some more lovin’ your way!