FLOWERS = HAPPINESS
Say hello to spring, sunshine, and the benefits of flowers. Did you know that people that receive flowers experience an elevation in mood that lasts for days? It’s true, in fact, the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.
Flowers improve seniors’ outlook and most notably, seniors with flowers in their homes experienced:
- Decrease in depression: With flowers present, participants experienced improved mood and greater happiness than those without flowers.
- Refreshment of recent memory: Seniors with flowers in their homes performed better on memory tests.
- Socialization: Seniors with flowers in their homes were more likely to engage with friends, family, and community.
Here is how you can enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of flowers:
- Increase energy with red roses: Since red has the slowest vibratory rate and longest wavelength, it stimulates adrenal glands, boosting energy.
- Boost confidence with irises: The color indigo stimulates the brain’s pineal gland, which is the regulator of sleep patterns. Indigo also helps to free the mind of worries, fear and inhibition.
- Enhance alertness with sunflowers: Yellow light waves stimulate the brain, making you alert, clearheaded and decisive. And since we associate yellow with the sun’s rays and daylight, it’s said to help us feel more optimistic.
- Get a good night’s sleep with bluebells: Blue triggers the production of melatonin, a brain chemical that helps us relax and sleep soundly. Blue also stimulates the thyroid gland to release thyroxin, a hormone that regulates metabolic rate.
- Relax with green zinnias: Green affects the nervous system, making us breathe slowly and deeply, slowing the production of stress hormones and helping the heart relax.
- Prevent allergies with orange daisies: Orange strengthens the immune system and the lungs, which can ward off spring allergies. Orange also has a strong beneficial effect on the digestive system and can stimulate the sexual organs.
- Relieve stress with lilacs: Violet cools us, alleviating “hot” conditions like heat rash and sunburn, and suppressing hunger and balancing metabolism. It also stimulates the pituitary gland, the part of the brain that releases tension-fighting beta-endorphins.
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