Stop and Smell the Roses: The Science of Flowers and Well-Being

Have you ever wondered what the magic behind a rose is? When you receive one, it makes you feel special. People are always talking about stopping and smelling them, so, what’s the big deal? Do flowers and even roses really make us happier, calmer and more care-free people?

Flowers add oxygen and humidity to the air through the process of carbon dioxide conversion, which means you can literally breathe better in a room full of flowers.

Patients in hospitals recovered faster because of the immunity boost flowers provide patients.

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The Art of The Flower

Daisies, for instance, often represent summer.  A time spent with, family, and friends, outside enjoying the sunshine.  They represent purity, playfulness, cheerfulness and innocence.  They stay fresh for up to 14 days in a vase making them just as happy inside as out.

Fresh flowers in the home are a psychological mood booster. A 10 month study done on the emotional benefits of fresh flowers found that people with fresh flowers were less stressed and agitated.

A Harvard University study found people who woke up with fresh flowers around them to be in a happier mood.

Flowers are shown to increase productivity.  For those who work from home, having flowers around helps mindfulness and allows a greater focus on time-management. They act as a positive symbol of the passage of time.

The Color Green

Green is a known stress-reliever. If you are feeling overly stressed about your time sitting around inside during this corona-virus confinement, bring in some green.  Bringing flowers home every time you visit the market can not only boost your mood but have lots of positive effects on your overall well being.  Consider every day a day to buy flowers.

The Science Behind the Roses

Stopping and smelling the roses is just as much about slowing down as it is about noticing the beauty in your everyday world. About appreciating the things that you often overlook in your everyday life.  In a study conducted on 250 Rutgers students researchers found appreciating the meaningful things and people in our lives may play an even larger role in our overall happiness than previously thought. The researcher states that when:

“you put focus on and value what you have, spend time outdoors, and reflect on your blessings and relationships with others.

“The challenge in fostering appreciation,” she continues, “is that we want to periodically reflect on the positive aspects of our lives, value our friends and family, relish and savor the good times—without the practice of reflection becoming a rote habit or something that is taken for granted.”

Additional studies have been done on the science behind the power of the rose and the rose scent. Read more about it here.


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