A growing number of studies had slowly begun to demonstrate the flowers’ ability to “make people happy, strengthen the feelings of compassion, foster creativity and even provide boost of energy.” A recent study called “The Impact of Flowers on Perceived Stress Among Women” from the University of North Florida (2018) found that receiving flowers would significantly reduced stress levels as compared to receiving other gifts or nothing at all. This study was conducted with 170 female participants (aged 18 to 65) and three groups were separated: 58 participants received home delivery flowers, 55 participants received a luxury candle of the similar value as the flowers, and the remaining 57 participants received nothing at all. These participants were also not told the purpose of the study and they were sorted into groups by random. Each group reported their stress levels through an online survey for 12 consecutive days, the receivers would receive their gifts on the 5th or 6th day.. It concludes that the average reduction in stress was -5.5 on the perceived stress questionnaire, indicating a significant statistical decrease in stress. At the same time, flowers provide the opportunity for nature contact which establishes health-promoting environmental exposure. So the participants who had received flowers had overwhelmingly reported that flowers had improved their moods.
Another study conducted by the American Chemical Society (2009) called “Stop And Smell The Flowers — The Scent Really Can Soothe Stress” had concluded that certain plants can aid in reducing stress by altering gene activity and blood chemistry through their scent. The researchers found that Linalool can reduce stress-elevated levels of neutrophils and lymphocytes (key parts of immune system) to near-normal levels by exposing the stressed out rats with Linalool. According to Lush (n.d.), Linalool is used in floral fragrances that can occur naturally in many essential oils, such as rose, ylang ylang, lemon and lavender. It is a colorless liquid with sweet and soft odor.
Having plants around would make you feel better as it reduces stress and improves concentration. Among the researches that Dr Kaplan had reviewed, he suggested that having plants around can lower blood pressure and anxiety as well as enhancing reaction times, attentiveness, attendace (at work and school), productivity, well-being, perceptions of space and job satisfactory. This study used 8 types of house plants: Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)*, Arrowhead Vine (Syngonium podophyllum)*, Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema sp.)*, Dracaena (various), Philodendron, Snake plants (Sansevieria trifasciata), Peace Lilly (spathiphyllum starlight), Vinca Vines. Plants noted with an ‘*’ were seemed to be used more consistently in the study.
Take home message:
Although gifting with flowers and plants are not as common as it used to be but such tradition had proven that it enlightens the receiver’s mood and reduces the stress level, which ultimately makes life better for the receiver. Choosing a bouquet with better design would also help enhancing the mood and we offer the best designs available in Malaysia. Go ahead and do the research. I’ll guarantee you that you will come back to us again and contemplate which bouquet to choose from because we have sooooooo many designs that look amazing.
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