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Posted by Russ Griffin on February 21, 2014 | Last Updated: May 29, 2014 Uncategorized

The Science Of Giving Flowers

Terricotta Spring Flowers

Terracotta Spring Flowers

How did you feel the last time someone gave you flowers?  How easy is Giving Flowers?

Emotions coincide with flowers both given and received.  For whatever reason one receives  flowers, you can be certain that emotions will arise, each and every time.  Consider your feelings when looking at the brilliance of colors that come from a fresh floral arrangement.  That is what a few researchers from Harvard and Rutgers Universities have done.  The information they share with us really is stuff we already know.  They just helped to scientifically confirm the science behind Giving Flowers.


According to several double-blind studies conducted by Jeannette Haviland-Jones and her husband Terry McGuire of Rutgers, they found that when participants were given either a bouquet of flowers, a decorative candle or a box of fruit they were amazed that 100% of the flower recipients responded with what is known as the Duchenne smile which is a “true smile” involving the mouth, cheeks, and eyes.  As for the participants that received the decorative candles or fruit, they were unable to receive an across the board response equal to that of the flower recipients.  Dr. Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical school conducted her own study on flowers and human emotions.  What she found or shall I say confirmed was people that kept flowers in their homes or offices tended to be more compassionate towards others, to have less worry and anxiety and depression was less prominent.  So research has shown to us that keeping flowers in your home or a blooming plant garden in your yard is just another part of the recipe for good mental and physical health.


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