Emotional Benefits of Flowers and Floral Arrangements Tips

Research shows that flowers has a positive impact on emotional health which helps relieve stress, illness and depression.

The Emotional Positive Impact of Flowers.  Flowers is a universal instrument that conveys various messages on any occasions. Thus, it is always been considered a symbol of sharing and positive feeling. Research shows that flowers have a positive impact on emotional health which helps relieve stress, illness, and depression.

A behavioral study was conducted by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey headed by Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology Research Findings. A team of researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a 10-month study of participants' behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.

1. Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed "true" or "excited" smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.

2. Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically, study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.

3. Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

Seniors or elderly people can find solace with the company of flowers.  They can find enjoyment through engaging on hobbies such as floral arrangements and gardening. Research reveals that flowers reduces their depression, improve memory, and they exudes sense of community.  Flowers have a life of their own, and produce positive energies which brings about happiness, creativity, compassion, and tranquility. Know more about these from the videos by personal fulfillment expert and best-selling author, Jayme Barrett.

When it comes to Home Decorating, the presence of flowers gives life to the space as it does not only beautify, but also promotes a warm and welcoming atmosphere to anyone. This confirms by another study conducted at Harvard University entitled "Home Ecology Flower Study", which shows that people feel more compassionate, less prone to anxiety and depression when flowers are placed around home, office, or other areas flowers are situated.

Tips on Floral Arrangements and How to Keep Flowers Fresh

Keep cut flowers in cool place that does not get direct sunlight, packing them loosely in a box generously line with moist greens.

Always carry cut flowers with the heads down. That way there is less chance of heavy-headed flowers bending off or breaking off.

Before arranging the flowers, make sure that the vases have been washed well. A mixture of water, salt, and vinegar removes stains from flower vases as well as unpleasant smell. If the smell is really bad leave the mixture overnight.

            

Floral arrangements courtesy of my sister Maricar

Put a spoonful of charcoal, ammonia or salt in the water to minimize the growth of bacteria which causes flower stems to deteriorate fast.

For flowers to last long, don’t crowd them in one vase to avoid choking the stems which can cause the flowers to wither fast.

To revive wilting flowers, snip off an inch of stem under water, leave in a cool dark place for a few hours in a bucket of water.

Cut half an inch of the stems from the bottom daily and change the water to make the flower arrangements last longer.                             

Knowing these benefits, flowers are indeed a nature’s gift to mankind.

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