Flower Power: Why flowers? It’s the thought that counts!

By Keith Hill

You have heard this idea before: it is often the act of just thinking about a person or event that matters most to the one its directed at. It turns out to be very true!

So how can we show our thoughts in a way that conveys our feelings to the special person?

The most common way is to give some form of gift to that special person. This brings us to the whole gamut of gifting ideas and can run from a simple note to the extravagance of a new car. Often it is not the value of the gift but more the emotional meaning of the gift.

The most amazing gift of all is flowers.

A series of studies at Harvard, Texas A & M and Rutgers Universities has documented the actual proof that the act of giving and receiving flowers causes people to be happy, spark creative thoughts and reduce overall anxiety. Wow, and you thought they just smelled nice!

Flowers and psychology

Research conducted by psychologist Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., of Rutgers University proves the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed. “Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” says Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well-being.”

Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, also conducted a behavioral research study about flowers. Her research reveals people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when flowers are present in the home.  “As a psychologist, I’m particularly intrigued to find that people who live with flowers report fewer episodes of anxiety and depressed feelings,” Dr. Etcoff says.

Conduct your own scientific experiment to test the power of flowers for yourself. Here’s an easy way: pick up a bunch of flowers and walk down the street. I think you’ll be amazed to see just how many people smile at you, look in your direction or even start a conversation, just because of the flowers!

Flowers are a gift that expresses true emotion. They should be handled, smelled and enjoyed!

That’s why flowers.

Beaverton Florists has been delivering smiles across the Portland Metro area since 1943. We do know a thing or two about flowers and their impact! Call us: (503) 644-0129