When you send a bouquet, you truly are sending happiness. This is really not new information; people have been giving flowers as gifts to each other since ancient times. As a florist, I witness this phenomenon every day. However, now, numerous scientific studies have proven that flowers have positive effects on the brain; they elevate mood, reduce stress, and even help people to heal faster through color, scent, and symbolism. Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness never witnessed someone receiving flowers!
The Brain-Changing Smile
One famous study found that women who received flowers smiled the Duchenne, or brain changing, smile, which is a smile of true enjoyment associated with crinkling around the eyes and raising of the cheeks. This smile is associated with positive emotions and related changes in the brain. Gifts of fruit and candles did not elicit this kind of smile, nor did fake flowers. These women also tended to initiate contact with family members or friends and to be more social after receiving the flowers.
Flowers at Work
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