A Perfect Pick Me Up

As many of you, I’ve always loved having fresh flowers in my home or looking at colorful blooms in a garden or even in the wild.  I have never really thought about the reason why I like being around flowers until now. (I guess that’s what happens when you immerse yourself in the floral industry.) The other day I came across an article that explains a bit of that feel-good boost that flowers seem to emit, below is an excerpt.

Do you suffer from the morning blahs? According to Dr. Etcoff’s research, keeping a bunch of flowers next to your alarm clock or by your coffeemaker can be a perfect pick me up . “The morning blahs, it turns out, is a real phenomenon, with positive moods – happiness, friendliness and warmth, for example – manifesting much later in the day,” Dr. Etcoff says. “Interestingly, when we placed a small bouquet of flowers into their morning routines, people perked up.”

“What I find interesting is that by starting the day in a more positive mood, you are likely to transfer those happier feelings to others – it’s what is called mood contagion,” says Etcoff. “And, the kitchen is the place where families tend to gather in the morning – imagine how big a difference a better morning mood can make.” (read whole article)

After reading this, I decided to dig a little deeper to see if specific flowers and colors promoted different emotional effects.  I did find a few theories supporting the correlation between the two.

Here is a short list of examples:

Red Roses:  Increase energy
Sunflowers:  Enhance alertness
Bells of Ireland:  Promote relaxation
Irises:  Boost confidence
Delphinium:  Promote sleep
Orange Daisies:  Strengthen immune system
Lilacs:  Relieve stress

I would love to hear your feedback on this theory.  As for me, I think I need to go find a bunch of Bells of Ireland and put my feet up!

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