So daylight’s saving time has ended! I don’t know about all of you, but I’m much perkier in the morning, but by about 6:30 pm I feel like calling it a night. It may be because it’s pitch-black dark outside, which doesn’t make me a happy camper in the evening. I’m trying different things to boost my mood as we approach the winter months and the days seem to get shorter and shorter. A friend suggested that I go to the gym more, because as Elle Woods cheerfully exclaimed in Legally Blonde, “Endorphins make you happy!”

Well, I’m not feeling the effects of the endorphins, so on to the next… I then came across this Behavioral Research Study from Harvard about the effects of flowers in the home environment and their impact on our moods and behavior. After reading the study, all I have to say is that I’m glad I work for Blooms By The Box!

Of course, everyone is happy when they receive flowers, but what Harvard University researchers didn’t know was that spending a few days with flowers in the home can affect a wide variety of feelings. Here’s what they uncovered…

Flowers feed compassion.

Study participants who lived with fresh cut flowers for less than a week felt an increase in feelings of compassion and kindness for others.

Flowers chase away anxieties, worries, and the blues at home.

Overall, people in the study simply felt less negative after being around flowers at home for just a few days. Participants most frequently placed flowers in their kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms, where they spend a lot of time at home. They reported wanting to see the blooms first thing in the morning

Living with flowers can provide a boost of energy, happiness, and enthusiasm at work.

Having flowers at home can have a positive carry-over impact on our mood at work, too. The study found that people were more likely to feel happier and have more enthusiasm and energy at work when flowers were in their home living environments.

Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., the brainchild behind the study stated,  “As a psychologist, I’m particularly intrigued to find that people who live with flowers report fewer episodes of anxiety and depressed feelings. Our results suggest that flowers have a positive impact on our well being.”

Well there you have it, flowers in the house are the answer! Who would have thought something as simple as this would prove to be such a mood changer? I’m going to try this for myself and see if it rids me of my fall/winter blues.

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