Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Emotional Effects of Flowers

The Emotional Effects of Flowers

What is it about flowers that we all want them, or at least like them? We see them in gardens, offices, homes, at funerals and cemeteries, and really all over the place! How cool is it that one small piece of nature - the flower - can be used in so many diverse ways? True, there are many types of flowers ranging in all different sizes, colors, and scents. But what is it about these beautiful little plants that makes us want to use them so ubiquitously? Why is it that so many of us want to cultivate them as countless others have before us? According to one study by conducted by researchers at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and La Salle University, flowers are much more than a pretty plant. In fact, the study finds that flowers may affect us far more than we ever thought, by inducing positive emotions.


All About Flowers shared the three main take-aways from the study.


  1. The effect of flowers tends to be immediate generally resulting in smiles, and smiles usually indicate some sort of happiness. Not only did this occur in older participants, but younger participants as well.


Think of the last time you were given flowers or gave someone flowers. Did you smile or feel good inside? Did they smile or express positive feelings toward you or the flowers? It’s likely that the answer to these questions is yes. Although some of our positive feelings in this situation may be due to the cultural significance giving flowers carries, you have to ask yourself why giving flowers became a cultural tradition. The universal effect of a flower is amazing and like music, can be understood across many cultures across the world.


  1. The second point is that the effects lasted. This was especially so for those participants who received or were given flowers as part of the study. Feelings of anxiousness and depression were lessened after receiving flowers.


So next time you know someone who is down in the dumps, sick, has a broken heart, or is in need of a pick me up, fresh flower arrangements may just be the answer. Although flowers are great and indeed amazing, it is important to note that depression and anxiety can be serious health matters and people who are experiencing these feelings should be directed to the appropriate professionals for help when these feelings persist or are life-threatening.


  1. Lastly, Allaboutflowers.com said, “Flowers make intimate  connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.”
I think this is the most common view about flowers. Some people may have been misled into thinking if you love someone romantically then you will give them flowers. . . but only if you love them romantically. This idea is portrayed in movies, television shows, books, and even in plays. However, it’s important to remember everyone in your life who you love deserves flowers. Everyone!


If I’ve inspired you to gift some flowers to a friend or loved one, don’t go just yet! The kind of flowers you choose to give say almost as much as the gesture itself. Below I’ve included a helpful list of flowers and the messages or emotions they are associated with. Happy Picking!


Lilac
Youthful, Innocence, Young love
Carnation
Love, Pride, and Beauty
Daffodil
Joy, New Beginnings, and Chivalry
Daisy
Innocence and Purity, Cheerfulness
Lavender/Heather
Admiration, Solitude, and Beauty
Hyacinth
Playfulness
Iris
Elegance and Wisdom
Delphinium
Lightness, Big heartedness
Orchid
Beauty, Refinement, Femininity, Charm
Peony
Good Health and Prosperity
Queen Anne’s Lace
Sanctuary
Ranunculus
Radiant Charm
Sunflower
Pure Thoughts
Tulip
Declaration of Love
Snapdragon
Graciousness and Strength