2007-08-03 / Columnists

The Diary Of A Green Thumb

Living Proof: Flowers Help To Boost Your Mood!
Commentary by Danielle McShane Danielle's Rockaway Florist

It may sound surprising, but did you know that something as simple as having flowers around can brighten your everyday outlook? It's true. Harvard University has released the results of a study that you'll want to see to believe. Turns out that flowers can boost your mood, instantly!

According to the study, people who lived with flowers for just a few days felt more compassionate toward others. They had less worry and anxiety. Simply waking up in the morning to a bunch of blooms can provide a dose of daily inspiration and chase away the blues. Try keeping a small vase on your nightstand so that they are the first things you see when you wake up. That's when moods seem to be lower, and the flowers provide the biggest boost. Pick a few stems from your garden and arrange them in a common living area such as the living room or kitchen, where your family spends a lot of time, and improve the well-being of everyone in your household. What an inspirational idea to invite into our homes!

Carry over the impact of flowers to help lift our spirits at work and bring a boost of energy and revitalization, with a brightly colored bouquet for your desk. Share the enthusiasm with your co-workers and especially, with your boss.

In fact, creative performance and problem-solving skills improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.

Sending flowers to celebrate a special occasion, to extend sympathy wishes, or just as a pick-me-up is a sure way to get a smile! The study explains that every person who received flowers as a gift felt instant delight and satisfaction. 100 percent of participants responded with excitement and happiness. Pretty amazing! That's why these studies are recognized in magazines such as "O, the Oprah Magazine", "Working Mother", and "Woman's World." Big efforts are being made to spread the knowledge, so join us and discover the real emotional benefit of fresh flowers… now there's living proof!

Feel free to write to DaniellesRock awayflorist@yahoo.com with your gardening questions or tips for our readers.

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