We all know that flowers can brighten our surroundings and cheer us up. A lone bloom or a bevy of blossoms can lift our spirits. In their many lovely forms, flowers captivate us with colour and scent, distracting us in the most wonderful way. Subtle or striking, they can be therapeutic. Flowers have power and here’s how:
The colours of flowers can make you happier through chromatherapy, in which colour balances “energy” that may be lacking, to improve one’s spiritual, physical or emotional body.
Flowers can help us express sentiments where words may fail us, calm us and remind us of our connection to the seasons and nature. Far back in history, flowers triggered dopamine in our hunter-gatherer ancestors since they signalled the coming abundance after the hungry winter. The gift of a floral arrangement, or enhancing our homes and workplaces with flowers, can have positive psychological benefits. Flowers can help stimulate serotonin which contributes to feelings of happiness and well-being. A well-placed floral arrangement can be a visual welcome for your guests or clients, and can help to put them at ease.
Studies in the UK have shown that hospital patients who received floral arrangements were less anxious and had a more favourable outlook. The relaxing effect of flowers can help lower blood pressure and heart rate. Research conducted in the Netherlands has shown that flowers on the table impacts diners by elevating their moods and making them more receptive. It also promotes conversation.
In our fast-paced and often stressful lives, beautiful blooms can be our buddies, giving us the opportunity to “stop and smell the roses” and encouraging us to collect our thoughts. Sometimes, that can be just what the doctor ordered to promote a positive state of mind!