A behavioral study was conducted by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey headed by Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology Research Findings. 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.
Seniors or elderly people can find solace with the company of flowers. They can find enjoyment through engaging on hobbies such as floral arrangements and gardening. Research reveals that flowers reduces their depression, improve memory, and they exudes sense of community. Flowers has a life of its own, and produces positive energies which brings about happiness, creativity,compassion, and tranquility.
When it comes to Home Decorating, the presence of flowers gives life to the space as it does not only beautify, but also promotes a warm and welcoming atmosphere to anyone. This confirms by another study conducted at Harvard University entitled "Home Ecology Flower Study", which shows that people feel more compassionate, less prone to anxiety and depression when flowers are placed around home, office, or other areas flowers are situated.
Knowing these benefits,flowers are indeed a nature’s gift to mankind.