Our Souls Need Flowers

2014-01-26 — 12 Comments
Art by Karen Werner

Art by Karen Werner

Bringing fresh flowers into our homes, especially during long winter months, helps brighten hearts and raise spirits. 

Even when our budget is snug I believe in buying a few flowers  – not at the expense of food of course – but if I can cut back on something else I will, because even if only every now and then, I need to buy flowers for my soul.

In a few months I’ll have flowers growing in my gardens again but summer is still a ways off.

It’s time for me to buy a spring container of boldly coloured primroses. I want to have their cheery faces brightening my kitchen and adding fresh joy to my days.

Art by Meltem Kilic

Art by Meltem Kilic

I encourage you to pick up some flowers to brighten your days too, whether they are freshly cut flowers you’ll set in a jar or vase, or potted up in soil like primroses or blooming Hyacinth bulbs. You deserve to treat yourself or someone to flowers. You’ll be helping brighten the world, one bouquet at a time.

“Flowers make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul.” ~ Luther Burbank (1849 – 1926)

“Studies have found that flowers may actually have health benefits, especially for older adults. A 2001 Rutgers University study found that flowers eased depression, improved social interaction, and enhanced memory in adults age 55 and older. The study found that after receiving flowers 81% experienced reduced levels of depression, 40% expanded their social contacts beyond their normal social circles, and 72% scored much higher on memory tests than seniors who didn’t receive flowers. 

Art by Christopher Clark

Art by Christopher Clark

Another study conducted in 2006 by Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital found that not only does receiving flowers have health benefits, but simply displaying fresh-cut flowers in the home can have advantages. The study found that the presence of flowers in the home increases feelings of compassion, decreases anxiety, and boosts energy and enthusiasm at work. The greatest mood-boosting effects were felt when fresh-cut flowers were placed in the kitchen, dining room, or family room.” ~ Excerpt Source

The London Flower Lover recently did a post about how taking care of ourselves and others with gestures of fresh flowers can truly help heal hearts: “HeartMath researchers have also seen that as we consciously focus on feeling a positive emotion – such as care, appreciation, compassion or love – it has a beneficial effect on our own health and well-being, and can have a positive affect on those around us.” ~ Excerpt Source

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12 responses to Our Souls Need Flowers

  1. 

    Flowers give of themselves selflessly .. The moment we pick them we kill them, And I was once told by those in Spirit that Flowers come to share and celebrate in all our occasions to uplift our spirits..
    They are there at our birth… at our birthdays, on our Wedding Day, they come as gifts when we are down, they come again each year on Anniversaries.. They come when we are Ill,to make us feel better.. And they come to uplift us in pleasant surprises And they are there at our departing as they say their farewell….
    Flowers are part of our Souls,, and are indeed a gift we share life with all our days on Earth…

    Thank you Gina.. such a beautiful Post. Love to you.. Sue xox

    • 

      SO eloquently put dear Sue. Flowers are indeed a part of our souls and gift us with their very being. I wanted to share this post as a reminder that treating ourselves or another to the gift of flowers is more than a bonus – in long winters like where I am it is practically a necessity.
      Thank you so much for your visit and kind comment my friend. Love, Gina xo

  2. 

    I’m thinking I need a nice pot of primroses, too, Gina! Just the thing for these winter months. I’ve been so busy, I also forgot to pick up Narcissus bulbs. Hmmm, I think a visit to the nursery is in order today! Thanks so much for the reminder!
    Hugs,
    Cathy

    • 

      Good for you Cathy! At this time of year I feel trips to the nursery greenhouse are an emotional spiritual and physical necessity 🙂 . Thanks so much for visiting!
      Hugs, Gina

  3. 

    Primroses are one of my favorites which I try to have in my gardens every year. I love to have flowers and living plants around the home, it’s my bit of nature I need in the winter months. I don’t buy cut flowers as too many have been sprayed with pesticides but do add cut flowers I find growing wild in the warmer months.

    • 

      Oh yes too many flowers are sprayed – I may update this post with that as a warning. In an earlier post (Chinese decor) I mentioned to buy from an organic grower whenever possible, but that’s a good tip to share every time I discuss flowers. 🙂 Yes they certainly brighten our wintery days don’t they. Thanks as always for your welcomed visit and comments Lois. Cheers, Gina

  4. 

    LOVE the studies, especially the Rutgers one where my oldest son (flower) went for his Masters work. No wonder I love flowers so much. I feel the need to hop in my car right now and go get some–for my health’s sake!! Great post Gina! xo

    • 

      Glad you liked my inclusion of the science – flowers do much more than look nice and smell pretty. They’re good for our very being! Yes, we need flowers, and I’d buy you some if I lived closer 😉 . Thanks for your great comment Jamie. xo Cheers, Gina

  5. 

    Great post! As a horticulture therapist running a social and therapeutic programme for seniors 55+ in England, I always brought flowers from my garden to grace our activity table. Even in the dead of winter, there was always something, such as Mahonia. And scented flowers were especially appreciated (though some people found hyacinths overpowering in a small enclosed space).

    • 

      How nice of you to bring flowers in, year round. Yes I too can only enjoy Hyacinths from a distance in the garden center or someone else’s garden. The tiny Muscari or ‘Grape Hyacinth’ luckily are not so strongly scented. 🙂 Thank you so kindly for commenting!

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