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Are Flowers the Cure for a Troubled Mind?

By Sebrina Zerkus Smith |
Could be that flowers are not just pretty to look at, they might actually help you feel better, faster.

Could be that flowers are not just pretty to look at, they might actually help you feel better, faster.

Why do we send flowers to a sick friend? They’re pretty and cheery, but they might also help us heal faster.

According to research conducted by Jeannette Haviland-Jones, PhD, director of the Human Development Lab at Rutgers University, flowers might be the cure for what ails you.

Flowers, it turns out, can have an immediate effect on mood, reactions, social behaviors and even memory.

Flowers produce mental changes in both males and females, according to the study. In fact, simply having flowers in your home can lead to increased contact with friends and family, which can boost mood and buoy isolated feelings.

Studies have also found that as we age, flowers can ease depression and encourage companionship, perhaps because happy memories can keep us grounded in the vitality of life and help ease anxiety about growing older.

The idea that flowers may have beneficial health benefits has been around for centuries, evidenced by the fact that many medications are actually derived from plants and flowers. But it’s great to know that just walking through your garden can heal your mind and spirit.

I can’t think of a better reason to spend more time outside enjoying nature’s bounty.

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