Giving and receiving flowers will always brighten your day, but what about the secret benefits of fresh roses? Harvard Medical School did a behavioral research study, along with Massachusetts General Hospital, and found that flower power is a real thing!
Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., conducted the study with an interest in the role that flowers may play in our daily lives. She notes:
“Other research has proven that flowers make people happy when they receive them. What we didn’t know is that spending a few days with flowers in the home can affect a wide variety of feelings.”
Fresh Roses at Home
There were three big takeaways from the Harvard Home Ecology of Flowers study; they found that having fresh roses and other flowers in the home can:
- Increase compassion
- Reduce anxiety
- Boost energy, motivation, and enthusiasm
Participants in the study lived with fresh cut flowers in their home for only a week or less. In that short amount of time, they reported an increase in feelings of kindness and compassion towards others. They also felt less stressed and anxious compared to the control group of people without flowers in their homes.
Flowers were placed in areas of the home where they would be seen often, such as kitchens and living rooms. Participants wanted to see the flowers first thing in the morning, which may then have set the tone for a better day overall.
One finding of particular interest is that having fresh roses around can help with your mood and energy. Participants with flowers were inclined to keep their homes cleaner than usual. It is unclear whether the flowers inspired cleaning because they were noticeably out of place amidst a mess, or because of the increase in motivation and feelings of happiness.
Fresh Roses at Work
Those with flowers in their homes also reported being more productive and happy while at work. There seems to be a long-lasting, positive impact provided by the presence of fresh flowers. Imagine how much morale and productivity could increase if there were fresh roses in the workplace as well as the home!
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Reference: Harvard Home Ecology of Flowers study