I have always found flowers to be soothing and positive. When you think about the purpose flowers are being used for, you may realize they are always used for good intentions: to make up a relationship. to make a relationship better, to surprise, to say “get well soon”, to send best wishes or to celebrate (i.e.celebrating a new baby or a new job). There is a social meaning to flowers which is always positive.
In a research conducted in hospital rooms, it was found that patients in rooms brightened with flowers and potted plants needed less postoperative pain medication, had lower systolic blood pressure and pulse rates, were less anxious and tired, and generally were in a more positive psychological state than patients in rooms without plants.
Research also shows that people with fresh flowers on their tables seem to be in better moods. Smelling floral scents also seems to put us in a good mood and make us feel less anxious. There is even a funny correlation about flowers: smelling daisies doesn’t leave you with a hangover. Might be worth trying?
Going back to decorating, brighter colors are generally more relaxing, while bold saturated colors will energize you. A bunch with colors that fall near each other on the color wheel will also be more calming; with the opposite effect ensuing if the colors are opposite each other. Curvy shapes have generally been shown to be relaxing. Flowers and plants in your home have positive psychological payback.
In terms of workspace, a research conducted by Texas University found that flowers and plants in the workplace improve problem solving skills and increase creativity.
Think of flowers as part of your self-care and mental health treatment program. Don’t expect someone to buy you flowers. Go buy some for yourself and put it somewhere visible at your home. See how different it feels.
These beautiful flower photos were taken at Blooms Flowers, Corona Del Mar, CA.
-Ipek Aykol, LMFT 97315