People are filling their homes and gardens with flowers, all kinds of flowers – yellow and red, tulips, roses and whatever. Flowers are even brought to hosts as gifts by polite and thoughtful guests. A lot of examples of houses with flowers can be found in Normal Room gallery..
I don’t know much about flowers, so it often makes me wonder what is it in bringing fauna inside the house. My opinion is that they don’t look great in vases, they are just a poor attempt to move the beauty of nature somewhere where it can be controlled.
But maybe all this is just subconscious action? Maybe people who decorate their homes and gardens with colourful flowers do that because there’s some psychological benefit in it? Maybe colour and nature help people to relax, or to concentrate better?
And actually this is the case. I just found a study that was published few years ago that confirms this. The study was done by Rutgers, the state University of New Jersey. According to the research presence of flowers trigger happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and has an effect on social behaviour in a very positive manner.
”What’s most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way,” said the lead researcher of the study Professor of Psychology at Rutgers Jeannette Haviland-Jones.
The link between flowers and life satisfaction was explored by investigating participants’ behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers during ten monts. The results show that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. Flowers also have a long-term positive effect on peoples’ moods and they induce intimate connections – if people are surrounded by flowers they want contact their loved ones.
Academic paper can be read here –
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