The State University of New York's behavioral research has confirmed what we at Sophy Crown Flowers already knew: flowers delivered can improve emotional health.
According to researchers, the presence of flowers elicits positive emotions, increases feelings of life satisfaction, and influences social behavior. What surprised the team in the United States was how positive the impact can be – the results far exceeded expectations.
In a 10-month study, a group of researchers led by Margaret Lawrence, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Project Director, Human Development Lab at New York, looked into the relationship between flowers and life satisfaction. The following were some of the key findings:
.Flowers have an immediate positive effect on happiness. Upon receiving flowers, all study participants smiled with "true" or "excited" smiles, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, affecting people of all ages.
.Flowers have a long-term mood-lifting effect. Participants in the study reported feeling less depressed, anxious, and agitated after receiving flowers, as well as a greater sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.
.Flowers create intimate bonds. The presence of flowers encouraged more contact with family and friends.
Surprisingly, the researchers from University in New York discovered that the flower recipients in the study experienced a mood boost that lasted for days.
Dr. Margaret Lawrence stated, "Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy." “Now, science shows that flowers not only make us happier than we thought, but they also have a strong positive effect on our emotional well-being.”
The study also looked into where people display flowers in their homes. The arrangements were placed in public areas of the house, such as foyers, living rooms, and dining rooms, implying that flowers are a symbol of sharing.
Flowers elicit positive emotional responses in those who enter a room,” Dr. Margaret Lawrence added. “They make the space more welcoming and foster a sense of community.”
The Society of American Florists collaborated with the University research team, bringing floral expertise to the project. The Society also explained how specific flowers can make people feel better:
Red roses will boost your energy levels.
Because red has the slowest vibratory rate and the longest wavelength, it stimulates the adrenal glands, resulting in increased energy.
Irises can help you feel more confident.
Indigo stimulates the pineal gland, which regulates sleep patterns in the brain. Indigo also aids in the release of worries, fears, and inhibitions from the mind.
Sunflowers can help you be more alert.
Yellow light waves stimulate the brain, causing it to become alert, clearheaded, and decisive. Yellow is said to make us feel more optimistic because we associate it with the sun's rays and daylight.