To Grow Happiness, Scientists Say, Send Flowers
North American Precis Syndicate
Psychologists believe people have such strong associations with beautiful blooms that flowers can boost one's sense of well-being. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Sending flowers to show love, caring, and
concern—whether for Mother’s Day, a birthday, an anniversary, or
just because—is something people have done for a long time, and now science tells us there might be a biological
“Flowers have immediate and long-term effects on emotional
reactions, mood, social behaviors and even memory,” note researchers at
Rutgers University. “The simple presentation of flowers, even a single
flower, will release a strong and immediate behavior reflecting positive
affect. It’s possible that the flowers—either through their
visual or odorous qualities—have effects on brain chemistry.” In
fact, the researchers found that women who receive flowers report positive
moods as long as three days later.
Whatever the reason why people enjoy them, if you’re sending
flowers, make the experience the very best it can be. Here’s how:
• Choose delivery. You
might be tempted to grab some cellophane-wrapped stems from a grocery store
or bodega, but that just can’t compare to a professionally designed,
packaged and hand-delivered bouquet from 1800flowers.com.
There’s a little thrill of surprise that comes when a delivery person
arrives with a gorgeous display of blooms.
• Plan ahead. Ordering
online ahead of time will not only provide peace of mind, but it can save you
money if you let the florist make your flower delivery a few days before or
after a holiday.
• Know their favorites.
Delight your loved ones by giving them the kinds of flowers they prefer. (And
call ahead to ensure your florist can include those varieties.) Different
blooms can carry different associations based on personal experience. Perhaps
pink roses bring back happy memories of her mother’s rose garden, but
orchids remind her of her aunt’s funeral. He might be partial to
beautifully-scented varieties, such as lilies, freesia, lavender, or
hyacinth—or maybe flowers with strong fragrances trigger his allergies.
• Ask about the details.
It’s perfectly OK to ask how many stems of each flower will go into an
arrangement, or to find out whether it’ll be delivered in a plain glass
vase or a keepsake planter. You might want to request more flowers or a more
• Vase or no vase? Consider
expertly-designed arrangements in vases versus farm-fresh bouquets
beautifully presented in gift boxes. If your loved one is into floral
designing, skip the vase and save (when ordering online, do that by selecting
“Shipped in a gift box” or “Bouquet only”).
For a full selection of floral designs and other meaningful gifts, check
““Flowers have immediate and long-term effects on
emotional reactions, mood, social behaviors and even memory,” note
psychologists at Rutgers University. “It’s possible flowers have
effects on brain chemistry.” http://bit.ly/2JFP2em”
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