Everyone has had them – the mornings where you just don’t want to move. You hit the snooze button until you can’t hit it any longer and still roll out of the bed wishing you could crawl right back in. On those mornings, it was found through a Harvard study that flowers can give you that morning boost needed to get up and moving in a more pleasant mood.
The Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital conducted a behavioral study on how much influence viewing flowers first thing in the morning improve ones mood. The results were that those who viewed flowers first thing in the morning felt happier and more energetic. Can you imagine the impact that would have if every home and every business had flowers in them?
The lead researcher in this study, Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., stated “The morning blahs, it turns out, is a real phenomenon, with positive moods – happiness, friendliness and warmth, for example – manifesting much later in the day. Interestingly, when we placed a small bouquet of flowers into their morning routines, people perked up.”
The study also found that one of the most effective places where flowers are viewed first thing in the AM is in ones own kitchen. Etcoff went on to state “What I find interesting is that by starting the day in a more positive mood, you are likely to transfer those happier feelings to others – it’s what is called mood contagion, and the kitchen is the place where families tend to gather in the morning – imagine how big a difference a better morning mood can make.”