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.
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.
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