In one research study, brightly colored flowers were delivered to 147 women in their homes, in another they were given to 51 men in elevators, and in a third they were sent to 104 retirees. All three groups registered improved mood on clinical scales, often a sign that people feel more sociable and happier with their lives, says lead researcher Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D.
But you don’t have to wait for someone to send you flowers to receive the benefits. Buying bouquets for yourself can be as effective, says Haviland-Jones.
(Source: Natural Health Magazine, March 2002)