Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ways Colorful Flowers Boost Our Happiness

When we receive a gift of fresh flowers or present them to ourselves, this caring act draws positive energy into our lives. Each flower family and its hue has an energy of its own. Read on to discover ways colorful flowers with distinctive color frequencies can increase joy and a sense of well-being in you. 

This post has been updated 2/5/2020

Flowers please our senses. Noticing a flower’s subtle or bright color, touching the petals, leaves, and stalks as we arrange them in a vase, and inhaling the fragrant aroma delights us. Our contact with this form of nature transmits the plants’ earthy, vibrant energy to us. 

Some, like me, feel an interdependent relationship with plants deep in our being. 

My food plan is a plant-based whole food one, and I know and appreciate that I can't exist on earth without flora in my life.

Now science backs up what plant-based vegans have been observing, studying, and sensing over the years.  Results from Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-based Diets affirms the major benefits for patients who decide to start a plant-based diet. 

It can help them reduce the number of medications they take to treat a variety of chronic conditions, lower body weight, decrease the risk of cancer, and reduce their risk of death from ischemic heart disease.

In another study, Researchers Jeannette Haviland-Jones, professor of psychology, and husband Terry McGuire, professor of genetics and evolutionary biology from Rutgers University in New Jersey, explored the the link between flowers and life satisfaction.

This 10-month study traced and tabulated participants' behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers.

Ta-da. The results show that flowers are a healthful moderator of moods (stabilizes them) and has potent power to elevate moods.

*Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed "true" or "excited" smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.

*Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically, study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious, and agitated after receiving flowers.

*Flowers help us feel a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.

*Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

Our reaction to colors and flowers is extremely personal, so remember to check in with yourself often, and select those that appeal to you. 

Flower Power Ideas

Yellow flowers are cheery, a symbol of friendship, respect, rebirth, and faithfulness. The birthday flower for the month of March is a yellow flower called a Daffodil (from the Narcissus family). Choosing a bouquet of daffodils is a fine way to celebrate the idea that spring is right around the corner. 

Yellow flowers convey lighthearted, whimsical, energetic vibrations. For an easy, economical way to harness this power for your good, use your imagination to visualize a bunch of your favorite yellow flowers. 

If you prefer, visit a local farmer’s market, your neighborhood green grocer, or pick a few from your garden. Set the intention to use yellow to your advantage. Invite this happy color into your home, office, and heart. 

Red Roses smell heavenly. Red and rose colored ones traditionally signify love, passion, romance. Spotting them in a garden or looking at your beloved may lead to poetic inspiration. 

Read this from Robert Burns: A Red, Red Rose. The red rose is a subject pictured in Greek and Roman art, where it was tied to Aphrodite, or Venus, the goddess of love.

Lilac is the color of the flowers below. It is a light purple shade. In florist speak, lilac flowers symbolize first love. Lilacs bloom in springtime, and for this reason represent fresh starts and renewal. Lilacs also denote confidence, which makes them a good gift for Mother's Day and grads. 

The shade, most popular for lilacs in the U.S. is captured in the picture above. Other shades of lilac flowers can be dark mauve, lavender, or white. Lilac bushes flower with lilac flowers, or other types range from pale lilac, rich lilac, deep lilac, or white.

Lilacs can be a spiritual helper, because violet is a spirit centered ray. Envision this color to help you clear a space or situation (physical, mental, or emotional) you feel you're stuck in. 

Lilacs are often preferred by feminine personalities, and those who are delicate and sensitive. Once lilacs are cut from a lilac bush, the flowers don't last for more than a day or two. Enjoy lilacs' heavenly scent and know you are worth this special short-lived treat. 😊

Keep the momentum going. Get many more color and lifestyle tips and ideas by visiting my Website. 

While you're there, please take a peek at Colors of Joy: A Woman's Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss

It's my ode to colors, an interactive self-care journal program that can put more colors in your life. The 143 page journal features colorful activities, affirmations, journal writing, and space for reflections. 

The exercises, color visualizations, and journal writing prompts in Colors of Joy help you recognize your blessings and appreciate the goodness in you. Buy Colors of Joy here.

Don't forget to comment.

What's your favorite flower and why do you love it? 

Are there any flowers you don't like and why? 

Would you like to learn more fun things to do with colors? 

Take a moment to order your copy of Colors of JoyIt is a fun way to get off to a fresh start this season. It also makes an eye-catching, affordable thinking of you or birthday gift for friends and family.

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