There has never been a better time than now to be gifting flowers to your loved ones to show that you care, or to feel the joy of receiving them (hint, hint). If you need an excuse to tell your significant other or someone special in your life to buy you flowers, or an excuse to go plant shopping (yes, this is a necessity) then we have you covered.
Here are some of the top benefits to give and receive flowers:
- To help reduce stress. Yes, truly. Studies conducted at hospitals have found that patients with flowers in their room are less anxious and more optimistic about their post-treatment care than fellow patients with no flowers (sad face.) So, next time you know someone who is staying in a hospital, delivering them a bunch of flowers will not only lift their spirits, it can seriously help their treatment.
- To spread some love. Flowers are symbolic of love and romance, and they’re beautiful for showing your loved one and better half how much you care. They make perfect gifts for friends and family too. Trust us, a bunch of flowers will always put a smile on someone's face. Don’t believe us? Why don’t you put it to the test?
- To help you say sorry. Conflict and confrontation is never easy. Handing the person you quarrelled with a bunch of flowers can help ease the tension and any negativity the other person is holding. They make for a great ice-breaker too!
- To express sympathy. In times of loss and grief is can be hard to find the right words. Flowers take the need to say something away, as the gift of giving is loud enough.
- Just to make you smile. Flowers radiate positive energy, and research has found that having flowers in your space triggers the dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin in our bodies (our ‘happy’ chemicals.’). Historically, flowers triggered the dopamine chemical in our hunter-gatherer ancestors, because they marked the coming of prosperity after winter.
There is a big gift in giving, and putting a smile on someone's face is the biggest gift of all! Gifting flowers is incredibly easy now, as you can even get them delivered to office spaces to surprise a lover or friend. There’s nothing that makes someone happier than the delivery person coming into your office with a bunch of flowers marked with your name, while your colleagues watch from their desk eagerly.
However, sometimes with flowers, we can get into an internal headspace where we just wish our partner to give us some flowers. How about you start it off and give him/her some flowers first?