The Power of Flowers to Boost Your Mood
When my now-husband and I were dating long-distance, he sent me a box of two dozen roses in a rainbow of colors; red, pink, yellow, white, orange, etc. All of the ladies in the office where I worked came over to my desk to check them out.
When I called to thank him and told him how much the others were admiring them, he said, “Well, share. You have enough roses to give one to each.” And that’s what I did.
As I took the bouquet around the office and invited my co-workers to select a rose, I was treated to more smiles than I’d seen in our gray cubicle habitat in a long time. Each woman had a sparkle in her eyes and a smile on her face as she pulled a rose from the vase and claimed it as her own. That was a beautiful sight to see and I was thankful that I could help brighten their day in that small way. And I appreciated my husband’s generosity of heart.
Rarely does a person frown when receiving a beautiful bouquet of flowers, or a single flower for that matter.
So, why don’t we do that more often? These days it’s easy to grab a bouquet from the grocery store and lift someone’s spirits. I know your local florist wouldn’t like me to tell you that. I know because I was a floral designer with my own shop for a few years. There is something to be said for an exquisite arrangement from a floral designer, but a handful of wildflowers will do the job too.
I’m not just saying that because I personally love flowers, there’s research to back it up.
Mental Health Benefits
According to Psychology Today, flowers trigger your brain’s feel-good chemicals: dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin.
“Oxytocin -This chemical is often called the “bonding hormone.” Oxytocin creates the nice feeling of social trust, whether romantic love, maternal attachment, or group solidarity. We all know how hard this feeling is to find, and how easily it can be lost. That’s why we’re so eager for ways to stimulate it. Flowers help!”
As outlined in a press release from the University of North Florida their research “shows that something as simple as flowers can help. The findings show…