Science Says Fresh Flowers Can Help Lower Stress

We’re always interested when we hear of something can reduce stress in our lives because most of us experience too much of it. A recent survey finds that 32% of people are stressed every day, with women reporting feeling stress several times a day. Sound about right? Well, it turns out, there’s an easy fix that could help ease our mental anxiety: flowers!

That’s right, living with flowers can significantly reduce daily stress, according to a new study from the University of North Florida’s Department of Public Health. Researchers asked 170 women about their stress levels at the beginning of a 12-day study and had them describe their daily moods. After five days, participants received either flowers, a luxury candle, or nothing at all.

At the beginning of the study, all three groups had similar stress levels, but at the end, the flower group reported significantly less stress. Researchers explain that adding elements of nature, like flowers, to our environment helps promote well-being. So treat yourself to some fresh blooms when you’re on your next grocery run and see if it helps ease your tension. And if it doesn’t, at least you’ll have something lovely to look at.

Source: The Kitchn

Meanwhile…

Here are some science-backed reasons you should treat yourself to some fresh flowers

  • Flowers can decrease anxiety - A study done by Harvard psychologist Nancy Etcoff found that participants felt less negativeafter living in a home with flowers for a few days. Fresh blooms create a warm environment and make your home feel welcoming.
  • Flowers actually make you smile - Research from Rutgers shows that when people were told they’d receive a gift, flowers were the only one that gave people a “true smile” - which is one that involves the mouth, cheeks, and eyes.
  • Flowers spark creativity - Maybe you should get some flowers for your desk at work because a study from Texas A&M University finds that people working in flower-filled environments showed more innovative thinking.
  • Flowers change perception - That same study from Rutgers finds that “the good-mood effect” post-flower delivery can last for days. So if you want to change how someone sees you, give them flowers, too.

Source: Well and Good

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