7 Health Benefits of Having Flowers at Home
There are tons of reasons to give flowers to a friend, from celebrating a special occasion to apologising for a mistake you made. But did you know there are actually just as many reasons you should pick up a bouquet for yourself? Besides simply being lovely to look at, having fresh blooms in our home actually comes with various scientifically proven benefits. Flowers have been called Vitamin F, and here are some of the reasons why.
1. They reduce stress
A study was made at the University of North Florida where 170 women aged 18 to 65 participated and were split into three groups. 58 participants received flower home delivery; 55 received a delivery of a luxury candle of the same approximate value as the flowers; and an additional 57 received no deliveries at all. Participants were not told the purpose of the study, and were sorted into groups at random.
Each group completed an online survey about their stress levels for 12 consecutive days. Those who received deliveries of either flowers or the candle received the on the fifth or sixth day of the study.
On average, participants who received flowers reported a 5.5 point decrease in stress levels as compared to those who either received a luxury candle or who received nothing.
2. They boost our mood
Our environment can play a very important role when it comes to our mood. To feel happy, having a positive mindset is very necessary, but also the objects and beings that surround us are critical.
The study also showed that the women who received flowers overwhelmingly reported that they improved their mood. Researchers believe that this is because "flowers provide opportunity for nature contact, an established health-promoting environmental exposure."
3. They boost our memory
An experiment done in the 2005 study by Rutger involved analysing the effect that flowers had on those aged 55 and above. The fact that the flowers boosted the moods of the senior citizens was no surprise. What was unexpected is that they seemed to have a positive impact on their episodic memory.
The explanation for this comes from another study which theorise that, within human evolution, the flower has emerged as one of "a handful of plants that manage to manufacture chemicals with the precise molecular key An Environmental Approach to Positive Emotion: Flowers needed to unlock the mechanism in or brain governing pleasure, memory, and maybe event transcendence."
Which means beach flowers are so fragrant and the smells are so strongly linked with memories, flowers have the potential to activate and therefore exercise the parts of your brain associated with memory.
4. They can help you fall asleep
Lavender has long been believed to be a great, natural aid to sleep. To test if this was just a theory or in fact true, Wesleyan University researchers asked 31 men and women to sniff lavender essential oil on certain nights in a sleep study, and found that, when they did, they reported feeling more well-rested and energetic the following morning.
5. They help you physically heal faster
A study was made of 90 patients that was recovering from a hemorrhoidectomy in a hospital, and they found that the patients who were placed in rooms containing flowers "had significantly more positive physiologic responses evidence by lower systolic blood pressure, and lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue than patients in the control room."
The patients in rooms that contained flowers also felt more positively about their rooms and felt more cared for, which lead to improved recovery rates.
6. Makes your relationships stronger
Research has found that people who are around flowers, have increased levels of compassion towards others and are therefore more willing to extend a helping hand to those in need. As such, they send to enjoy better relationships with others.
7. They promote productivity
A study from the Texas A&M University found that flowers and plants in the workspace help to boost ideas. In the study, they found that en generated 15% more ideas than usual, and that women were better able to generate flexible and creative solutions to problems when plants or flowers were present.
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