Residential Interior Plants: Fresh-Flowers, Orchids, Bromeliads, Tillandsia, & Succulents
Scientists at some of the top medical schools and universities have finally identified why a bouquet of fresh flowers can make you feel better. Whether they are in a vase or a pot or they sit in your office or your home, on your porch or in your kitchen, fresh flowers improve the mood and energy of everyone who comes into contact with them. Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, writes in her behavioral research that people feel more empathetic toward others, have less angst and apprehension, and are much less likely to experience any form of depression when they are around fresh flowers. What’s even better, in addition to the delightful living blossoms lessening anxieties and worries, is that fresh flowers enhance one’s energy, happiness and enthusiasm.
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A recent study of the home ecology of flowers at Harvard University* cites:
- Flowers chase away anxieties, worries and the blues at home.
There was much less negativity for those in the home after being around flowers for just a few days. Participants positioned the flowers in locations like kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms, where they spent the most concentrated period of time in their homes. They reported excitement about waking up to the color and blossoms in the morning.
- Flowers feed compassion.
Study participants who spent concentrated time around freshly cut flowers for less than a week felt an increase in feelings of empathy and kindness for others.
- Living and spending time with flowers can provide a boost of energy, happiness and enthusiasm at work.
Having flowers in one’s living environment has a positive carry-over impact on mood at work, too. The study cites that people were more likely to feel happy and have more passion and energy at work when flowers were in their households.
Etcoff said to her research’s premise, “As a psychologist, I’m particularly intrigued to find that people who live with flowers report fewer episodes of anxiety and depression. The study points to the fact that flowers have a positive impact on our well-being.”
If your senses lead the way, your appreciation for the sights, smells and interaction with gorgeous fresh flowers will most definitely improve your family’s or your employees’ outlook on life. What could make a day more joy-filled than waking up to a vase of fresh cut long step roses or Iris and roses on the nightstand? What could enliven the creativity of everyone around you at work more than a flowering Clivia or a beautiful Bromeliad? Plantopia offers a wide variety of the types of flowering plants and shrubs that can improve both the look of your home and office, as well as increase the happiness and productivity factor. 800-690-7875
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* Source: Harvard University’s Home Ecology of Flowers Study