Who doesn’t love to receive a bouquet of vibrant, beautiful flowers? Who isn’t happy when strolling through a flower-filled garden, or in the presence of blooming plants indoors? Flowers add color and brightness to our lives, but they also do a great deal more. Here are five reasons that everyone should love flowers.
Lifting Your Mood
We’ve touched on this one already, but let’s spell it out – flowers lift your mood. They can help to brighten a bad mood, instantly. Whether you’re feeling a little blue, or you’ve had a rough day at the office, flowers can help you climb back up. Receiving flowers is guaranteed to brighten your day, but you can also buy yourself a flower arrangement to achieve the same result.
Flowers do more than just lift your mood and help make a bad day more endurable. There’s scientific evidence that flower can help you reduce stress. Their bright, bold colors and incredible scents actually act on the brain to reduce stress and improve how you feel. By reducing stress, you also reduce the chance of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, hypertension and stroke.
Ok, so this reason has nothing to do with anything, other than the pure enjoyment of the scent. Yes, it’s tied to stress reduction, but there’s nothing wrong with simply appreciating the smell of beautiful flowers on its own. Whether you’re enamored with the scent of hydrangeas, in love with the smell of roses, or adore the fragrance of blooming lavender, there’s a lot to enjoy in the world of flowers.
Live in the Moment
This might be a surprising reason to love flower for some – they can actually teach you to live more in the moment. Flowers, even when not cut, are fleeting. They’re here for a short time, before they fade and are gone until the next growing season. When cut and formed into a formal arrangement, their lifespan is even shorter, yet their beauty is not dimmed. By focusing on enjoying flowers while they’re around, you learn to appreciate the small things, and focus on living in the moment, rather than worrying about what’s to come.
Creative Problem Solving
One rather interesting benefit of flowers is that they seem to spur creative problem solving in many people. The study, conducted by Texas A&M, showed that both men and women were able to come up with more innovative solutions and creative ideas when fresh flowers were nearby, whether cut and displayed in a vase with water, or in a live arrangement with roots and soil.
As you can see, there are many reasons that everyone should love flowers. In addition to the five we’ve discussed above, there are the better known reasons – they help you express your emotions, and they’re romantic. Flowers, whether cut and arranged or potted, offer a unique connection to the natural world and surprising benefits to the humans around them.