Contemporary life is now affected by endless gadgets and fast-paced rhythms ravaging our lives nobody doubts anymore therefore experts advise regular exercise, healthy nutrition and other personal lifestyle changes to relieve stress.

According to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health – flowers. 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.

A team of researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a 10-month study of participants’ behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.

  1. Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.
  2. Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically, study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.
  3. Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

Everybody knows flowers make people happy and smile but only now science proves that not only do flowers make people cheerful, they have also contribute towards emotional well being.

The study also explored where in their homes people display flowers. The arrangements were placed in areas of the home that are open to visitors – such as foyers, living rooms and dining rooms – suggesting that flowers are a symbol for sharing. Flowers generate positive emotional feelings, make the spaces welcoming and create a sharing atmosphere.

Now, don’t wait for Mother’s day, Father’s day, Valentine’s day, birthdays, etc…just go out and buy yourself or someone else deserving a nice bunch of glorious flowers!

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