How Flowers Bring You Happiness
People have grown flowers for over 5,000 years mainly for their appearance, fragrances and use in rituals. However, why are people attracted to them?
Color of Flowers
The color of a flower plays a key role in the perception of people’s senses, which undoubtedly has an effect on our emotions and our cognition.
Red flowers have been shown to improve a person’s performance on jobs that are very detail-oriented. Red is also associated with caution and danger.
However, blue improves creative thinking and is associated with honesty and peace.
Most and Least Appealing
The hues that seem to be the most appealing are blue-green, blue, green, purple and red-purple. While the least appealing hues consist of yellow and yellow-green.
Fragrances and Scents of Flowers
There have been studies that have been conducted that have shown that appealing fragrances and improved moods are related to one another. Scents that arise from flowers and plants that have bloomed promote a calm feeling and a state of alertness in people, as well as, mood enhancement.
Flowers promote a positive well being in people, increase productivity and expand memory.
Studies were conducted at Rutgers and Harvard that revealed that participants in the study were twelve percent more productive when fragrant plants were introduced in the workplace. The study also showed that compassion and kindness levels increased within a week in people when fragrant plants were introduced into the workplace.
The Effects of Flowers
The study also showed that workers became more energetic and were more enthusiastic in the workplace when fragrant plants were introduced. Also, with the introduction of fragrant plants in the workplace, memory functionality increased by seventy-two percent in seniors who received flowers.
Happiness increased by one hundred percent with the introduction of fragrant plants and workers who received flowers began to smile more. Also, anxiety and depression began to decrease and eighty-one percent of the study’s participants that had received two flower bouquets had lower levels of depression in comparison to the fifty-seven percent of workers who did not receive flowers.
Special Holidays for Flowers
Valentine’s Day is the number one holiday in which flowers are purchased with thirty-six percent of fresh flower holiday sales and twenty-percent overall flower sales. Ranking second is Christmas and Chanukah with thirty-percent. Third is Mother’s Day at twenty-four percent and fourth is Easter / Passover with thirteen percent. Last is Thanksgiving at six percent.
In 2012, some two hundred and twenty-four million roses were created solely for Valentine’s Day, while spending in 2011 on roses equaled two and a half billion.
During the days of the Victorian age flowers held special meanings. Roses, Tulips, Daisies, Carnations and Lillies each sent out their own personal messages based on their colors; typically red, white or yellow and depicted love, unrequited love, friendship purity, sweetness, trust and simplicity.