For thousands of years, humans have cultivated flowers with love and affection. Flowers have long been appreciated for their beauty, their scent and their ceremonial significance… But have we ever considered the incredible effect they have on our emotional well-being?
Here are some amazing ways that flowers have a positive affect on your emotions:
1. Through color
Color plays a key role in sensory perception. It’s amazing how they influence our cognition.
Red, for instance, has been said to improve performance on tasks requiring a strong attention to detail. It’s also associated with love and romance and could have a positive effect on the immune system.
Blue has been said to enhance creative thinking. It’s also associated with calmness and trustworthiness.
Violet can have a tranquil effect on the mind and nerves. It lifts your spirits and encourages creativity.
Yellow is considered the happiest color in the spectrum. We associate it with sunshine and it induces happy, radiant feelings. It’s also a cheerful color that encourages interaction. Furthermore, yellow has been said to stimulate memory and the nervous system.
Orange has been said to transmit optimism and encourage communication. It’s also associated with conviction and success.
Pink has long been associated with joy. Brighter pinks could stimulate energy while softer hues convey gentleness and romance.
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, summed up the impact of colorful flowers excellently:
“Our response to color is intensely emotional, and flowers can be a catalyst for feelings that stimulate more than just our senses of sight and smell.”
2. Through scent
The sense of smell is complicated yet logical at the same time. A familiar scent can instantly trigger a memory associated with the aroma. Sweet smelling flowers can lift your mood and potentially improve mental function.
In a stressful atmosphere, fragrant indoor plants have been said to assist with relaxation. Some have even claimed that the fragrance of flowers helps to ease headaches and aid with sleep. There’s no better reason to invest in fragrant houseplants.
3. Through plant care
Tending to flowers gives us a sense of responsibility and boosts self-esteem. In a sense, looking after beautiful flowers becomes a small labor of love. You can enjoy watching them bloom, knowing you’ve cared for them every step of the way.
While you help flowers to grow, flowers also bring you tranquility. You feel a sense of accomplishment as you nourish new growth. We often find value in having something to care for that relies on us to survive.
4. By encouraging you to enjoy the present moment
Gardens are traditionally peaceful. When you’re surrounded by flowers, you’re encouraged to be aware of all your senses.
Being still and enjoying the present moment can help reduce anxiety, even on a subconscious level.
5. By increasing your contact with loved ones
Finally, flowers are an amazing way to show you care. When we give flowers to someone special, it brings happiness to us as well as to the recipient. Just the sight of beautiful indoor flowering plants can spark conversations.
Do you know someone who could use a boost today? Perhaps you yourself are feeling down. Let’s draw upon the benefits of flowers to improve the emotional well-being of ourselves and the ones we love.
We hope you feel inspired to enjoy the many benefits that flowers bring. As always, please bear in mind that the information we present is not a substitute for medical treatment. It’s always worth consulting your qualified medical care provider with specific questions or concerns related to your health.
We love this quote from the great American botanist, Luther Burbank. It really summarizes the way we feel about flowers:
‘Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.’