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Hi, I'm Jennifer, owner and lead designer at Petals a floral design firm in Boulder, Colorado.  Along with my husband and two children, I  grow my own organic blooms using the greenest and most sustainable processes available.  

This blog is where I explore topics from floral design, wedding planning, organic farming and gardening, sustainable living, and our family's quest to find the perfect farm! 

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The Science Is In: Flowers = Happiness

Updated: Mar 9, 2022

Have you ever noticed that you can’t help but smile when someone brings your flowers? If so, you aren’t alone! Multiple studies and statistics have demonstrated that flowers make people feel good.

Maybe its our hunter and gatherer past and flowers remind us of warm weather and fruits to come, maybe its pheromonal and we love the scent of fresh flowers, maybe its magic. How do we know it isn't fruit or perfume or Dumbledore that's cause all the good vibes associated with flowers?

Well, in one study in particular participants reactions were compared when they recieved fruit baskets, a candle, or fresh flowers and the most positive reaction 100% of the time was to flowers!!!!

Point proven...I know, I know, that's not how scientific studies actually work BUT here are some REALLY telling tidbits from a number of studies that have come out in recent years about how fresh flowers positively impact people.

According to a series of recent scientific study at Rutgers, Harvard, and Texas A&M:

Flowers immediately boost happiness!

  • All study participants, regardless of gender or age, smiled upon receiving flowers. These smiles were described as universally “true” and “excited.”

  • A Harvard study showed that people who had fresh flowers in their homes or offices felt more physical and mental energy.

Flowers boost your mood long term!

  • Participants reported greater life satisfaction, less stress, depression, and anxiety after receiving flowers.

  • The nation who's citizens spend the most on fresh flowers per capita is also the nation that routinely ranks as having the happiest citizens: Denmark

Flowers bring people together!

  • The presence of flowers make connecting with friends and family easier. Hello family events! Put some flowers in the room and smooth out your next social event. If it improves the mood amongst friends and family, imagine what it can do in a professional setting.

  • A study at Texas A&M Universtiy showed that flowers in the office improve productivity!

What now?

Get yourself some flowers! And some for you mom, or son, or neighbor, or the cranky lady at the bank. We all NEED more flowers, science proves it!


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