Feeling depressed? Anxious? Overstressed? Stop by your local garden center and pick up a pot of posies. A new study on the emotional impact of flowers by behavioral researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey proves scientifically what we know empirically: Flowers make us feel good! Rutgers researchers found that flowers have a remarkable power to improve emotional health. Simply being in the presence of flowers was found to elevate mood significantly, measurably increase feelings of life satisfaction, and promote positive social behavior. That’s a lot of power for a pot of pansies, or Viola Wittrockiana, the happy-faced flower’s scientific name.
After 10 months of scientific testing, Rutgers’ behavioral science team concluded that flowers are so effective at elevating mood that they offer people a healthy, natural way to regulate daily fluctuations in mood. Flower power is so potent that, for some patients, it may prove to be a viable treatment option for mild forms of depression, stress and anxiety. Without exception, study participants expressed evident joy, excitement and/or gratitude upon receiving flowers. Not only did flowers provoke an immediate positive reaction, but the elevated mood they generated remained strong over time, even after flowers were removed from their immediate environment.