Psychology Of Flowers

Psychology Of Flowers: What Does Your Bouquet Say About You?

When it comes to wedding season, all our thoughts go to pretty flowers. But experts say that petal power can do more than make your special day look sensational.

A recent study found that flowers and nature provide us with a simple way to improve our emotional wellbeing and health.

According to a team of researchers from Rutgers University in New Jersey, the presence of beautiful blooms triggers happy emotions, heighten feelings of life satisfaction and, in short, make us feel positively glowing.

The study found that flowers had an immediate impact on happiness, helped alleviate feelings of depression, anxiety and increased emotional bonds and connections between friends and family.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” study co-author, Dr Haviland-Jones told Huffpost Lifestyle. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional wellbeing.”

Award-winning florist William Clarke couldn’t agree more. “Spend an afternoon in the countryside and you’ll instantly feel rejuvenated. There’s nothing better than walking into a room with flowers in — they have an immediate effect on the senses,”

“I think sunflowers are best for lifting your mood. They’re big, bright and strong,” says Clarke.
“I also think a nice mix of peony roses are fabulous mood-boosters. They start off as a tiny bud but then they open up into a gorgeous flower. They look so delicate, but they are such a strong flower. You just can’t help but smile when you look at them.
“The burgundy-coloured peonies are stunning. Combine these with sunflowers and you’ll have a bunch of happiness in your hands.” And it’s not only the occasional bouquet of flowers that can increase your levels of happiness, but where you choose to display them.

A separate study by Rutgers found that having flowers in the workplace increases innovative thinking, productivity and creates a positive working environment.This is something British work culture is lacking, says Clarke.
“Unfortunately, flowers in offices aren’t part of the British culture, unlike in somewhere like France, where flowers are a huge part of everyday life.

“I think a bold arrangement in the reception area or around desks could make a huge difference in morale in the workplace and rejuvenate the atmosphere.” For centuries, flowers have been the ultimate symbol of love and romance. As Mae West once said: “I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds around my neck”

Kate Middleton’s bouquet contained myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth

Recently, psychologists from the University of South Brittany, found that the presence of flowers makes women more receptive to men’s advances, even when the flowers are in the background rather than presented as a gift.
“Flowers reflect our emotions and moods. They often convey feelings of compassion, regret, merriment or even romance. The results confirm the effect of exposure to flowers on receptivity to romantic request,” researchers told The Metro.“It’s all part of the magic and mystery of flowers,” adds Clarke.

What are the best flowers for budding romance?

It’s all about the scent, says Clarke.

“Tudor roses are the most beautiful scented flowers and are very romantic, however lily of valley has the strongest scent. You really can’t match that.”

Delving into the current trend for stunning wedding arrangements, Clarke says the royal family have paved the way for romantic, sentimental flowers.
“Kate Middleton, and Princess Diana before her, had lily of the valley in their bridal bouquets. Not only does it smell divine, but it means increased happiness and sweetness.”

These are some of the psychological benefits that flowers have on ones mind. It not only brightens up a bland space but also uplifts the spirit and the mood of a human being.

Images that have been known to change the spirits of human moods.

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Fathers Day and its Origin

Fathers Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days. Father’s Day was created to complement Mother’s Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood.

Father’s Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.After the success obtained by Anna Jarvis with the promotion of Mother’s Day in the US, some wanted to create similar holidays for other family members, and Father’s Day was the choice most likely to succeed. There were other persons in the US who independently thought of “Father’s Day”,but the credit for the modern holiday is often given to Sonora Dodd, who was the driving force behind its establishment.

How did Fathers Day get started?

Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.

It did not have much success initially. In the 1920s, Dodd stopped promoting the celebration because she was studying in the Art Institute of Chicago, and it faded into relative obscurity, even in Spokane. In the 1930s Dodd returned to Spokane and started promoting the celebration again, raising awareness at a national level. She had the help of those trade groups that would benefit most from the holiday, for example the manufacturers of ties, tobacco pipes, and any traditional present to fathers. Since 1938 she had the help of the Father’s Day Council, founded by the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers to consolidate and systematize the commercial promotion. Americans resisted the holiday during a few decades, perceiving it as just an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother’s Day, and newspapers frequently featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes. But the trade groups did not give up: they kept promoting it and even incorporated the jokes into their adverts, and they eventually succeeded.By the mid 1980s the Father’s Council wrote that “Father’s Day has become a ‘Second Christmas’ for all the men’s gift-oriented industries.”

How Fathers Day celebrated in India?

Fathers Day is honored today in India on the 2nd Sunday of June every year. Whilst most are aware of the occasion, a large number of girls celebrate and honor the day far more than boys. Most of the children who are studying or working abroad send flowers and gifts to their fathers who are living in India. Popular gifts for Fathers day range from Liquor Bottles, Perfumes, Tools, Electronics, Flowers, Chocolates, Cakes etc. At May Flower we customize the gifting by incorporating certain gifts into the floral bouquet adding value and design to the overall look and feel of the flowers sent. Do visit May Flower for more such ideas and giftings.

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