We are knee deep in Winter, even though it has been mild, according to Alaska’s standards. The days now get lighter a minute each day, but it is still dark quite a bit of the time. So how do you beat depression to the punch and stop it in its tracks? Did you know that flowers are scientifically shown to help beat the winter blues?
California Dreamin – Everyone Needs a Little Bit of Sunshine!
Flowers are part of the natural therapies that are prescribed to help boost someone out of depression. Not only the act of receiving bright beautiful blooms, but also sending them gives a warm, fuzzy feeling.
Getting outside into the sunshine and experiencing a few minutes of nature is one of the best things you can do in the winter. But so many people can’t make it outside. Having flowers in the home might just be the best answer! Beat the Winter Blues with Fresh Flowers this year.
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According to a behavioral research study conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, reveals that people have less worry and anxiety, are more compassionate toward others, and feel less depressed when fresh-cut flowers are present in the home.
Flower and Compassion
When flowers are in the home for less than a week, people tend to feel more compassion and empathy for others. They tend to be nicer and kinder to others.
Flowers Impact on Anxiety, Depression, and the Winter Blues
Even after just a few days, people feel less anxious and sad when flowers are in the home. Coincidentally, those that have flowers somewhere they can be seen first thing in the morning tend to have a brighter attitude for the day. Place a vase full of fresh-cut flowers in the bedroom, living room, and in the kitchen. Start your day out with a smile. A smile is contagious you know.
An English Garden, inside!
Living with Flowers Can Boost Happiness at Work
A lot of times when we are depressed or overwhelmed at home, it can spill over to where we spend a lot of time – at work. People are happier and tend to be more productive when they have flowers in their home. For an extra perk, have a small vase of flowers for your desk as well to continue on the happiness effect.
Bottle Blooms – Perfect for a Cubicle or Small Spaces
Flowers and Life Satisfaction
Another study was conducted by the Society of American Florists (SAF) and Rutgers University let by Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers. It showed that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. We all know that people’s eyes light up and smile when they receive flowers. The Emotional Impact of Flowers scientifically proved that flowers can impact a person’s mood faster than almost anything else across all age groups.
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It also showed that flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods making people feel less depressed, agitated or anxious, and having a higher sense of enjoyment about life. Flowers also create intimate connections – they increase physical contact with family and friends.
Make sure to use the power of flowers to beat the Wintertime Blues this year. Not only improve your overall happiness level, but that of your family and friends. Bring flowers home for the family and leave a bouquet at work to help your daily productivity. Be on the lookout for those friends that seem a little down and boost them up with fresh-cut flowers. Be the flower hero this winter season and beat those blues away!