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Study confirms the joy of flowers


February 11, 2013
By Canada Blooms

Feb. 11, 2013, Toronto — Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it couldn’t come a moment too soon.

Feb. 11, 2013, Toronto — Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it couldn’t come a moment too soon.

With the dark, dreary days and sub-zero temperatures of January bringing everyone down, Valentine’s Day comes at a perfect time to send your sweetheart a gift that will uplift their spirits.

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When choosing that special gift for your loved one this year, why not choose one that will not only bring a smile to their face, but has been proven to have positive effects on their emotional well being as well?

“Even though some people might think that sending your sweetheart flowers is cheesy and cliché, the simple fact is, it makes people smile,” says Mark Cullen, flower expert extraordinaire and frequent guest speaker at Canada Blooms Garden Show.

“The positive effects of flowers extend further than a simple smile, recent studies show that receiving flowers actually lifts mood and creates an internal feeling of immediate happiness.”

A team of researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a 10-month study of participants’ behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.

As they say, “sometimes you have to stop and take time to smell the roses“ – and now scientific research confirms it!
 
HOW FLOWERS AFFECT US
 
• 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, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.

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

For more information on flowers and gardening, visit Canada Blooms – Canada’s largest flower and garden celebration – March 15-24, 2013 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.
 
ABOUT CANADA BLOOMS
 
Canada Blooms is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to the community throughout the year by funding community garden projects around Ontario. Canada Blooms is also dedicated to providing the community with horticulture expertise, education and resources on an ongoing basis.

Canada Blooms has been named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Events by Festivals and Events Ontario, and one of North America’s Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association.

 


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