Extension Educator, Horticulture
Despite the exuberant display of joy on the faces of "TVites" in sleep aid commercials, few people wake up with a smile on their faces. Most people would say their mood is its lowest in the morning. A 2006 study revealed cut flowers may be the perfect pick-me-up to relieve the morning blues.
The study by Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that people were happier and more energetic after viewing fresh flowers first thing in the morning. And for all you silk flower devotees, non-living decorative items did not elicit the same response.
The study showed people received the most benefit by placing flowers in the kitchen or dining room, wherever they spent the most time in the morning. Evidently gazing at flowers as we sip our morning cup of coffee can be a long lasting pick-me-up.
Fresh cut flowers at home can have a positive carry-over impact on our mood at work as well. The study found that people were more likely to feel happier and have more enthusiasm and energy at work when fresh cut flowers were in their homes.
The effect of fresh flowers doesn't require a fancy design. Just a few flowers in simple containers can evoke happy thoughts in happy places. Check out http://www.flowerpossibilities.com/ for lots of ideas and step-by-step instructions for simple but creative arrangements.
Here are a few tips to keep your flowers looking nicer longer:
As flowers are recut, downsize to a smaller vase. Or rearrange and regroup flowers into smaller containers. Use a grouping of decorative bottles, votive candle holders, or coffee mugs.
As flowers reach the end of their useful life, cut stems to half inch from the blooms and float in champagne glasses or bowls of water. Arrange loose rose petals around the grouping. Do yourself a favor. Pick up some flowers today for a pick-me-up tomorrow.