Most people have bought flowers for someone at some point in their lives. Maybe it was to celebrate a new baby, or maybe it was for a birthday, anniversary, or Valentine’s Day gift. But how many people buy fresh flowers for themselves? Many people see this as a splurge or luxury they just can’t afford. But did you know that surrounding yourself with flowers may actually have some health benefits?
According to a study by Nancy Etcoff of Harvard Medical School, women who received flowers actually felt more enthusiastic and happy while going about their daily activities. Another group in the study received a home décor item, and while they enjoyed their gift, they didn’t report being as happy over the course of the study as those who received flowers did.
This study actually builds upon the Home Ecology of Flowers Study, a study done in 2006 by the Flower Promotion Organization. It revealed that flowers, the sight and scent, can actually affect our emotions. Flowers do actually have the ability to make us happy, this study showed, and the Harvard study has reinforced those findings.
Next time you feel down, why not go ahead and treat yourself to a bright bouquet of flowers? You’ll find that you do feel better after receiving them. If you see someone else having a bad day, be sure to do the same for them—send them a cheery arrangement to help them feel better!