Flowers and Happiness:
Today is the age of high-tech and that translates into fast lifestyle. It’s gnawing into our mental and physical health with the words ‘tension’ and ‘depression’ dominating the scene. How to relieve this stress? The answer from experts is to turn to Mother Nature and smell a bunch of flowers, feel its softness and feast on its colours and shapes with your eyes. Flowers give out joyful and happy vibrations; one feels satisfied with life. All told – it affects on social behaviour in a positive way. These were the findings of researchers of State University of New Jersey. Lead researcher Jeannette Haviland-Jones noted “What’s most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way”. The results of the ten month study noted that flowers immediately impact upon happiness. Upon receiving flowers everybody’s face light up – young and old of both genders cutting across class distinctions. Flowers lift the blues. Flowers make for intimate connections – speaks a language of its own. Flowers step up contacts between people – increases family bonding and friendship. It’s common knowledge that flowers spell happiness but now science is showing the way – pointing to specific positive effects.
Flowers bring back balance to your life – balance between the mind, the body and the spirit. This ancient science is now getting recognition. Since health is wealth and happiness, flower therapy is being used to treat hay fever, breathing ailments, phobias, anxiety, withdrawal moods as well as individual concerns like bereavement or pre-exam tensions.
Flower power is nothing new. From ancient times Mankind has sought it to enhance happiness. Flowers lead to sharing and that is why they are generally displayed in those parts of the home where visitors freely enter – foyers, living room and dining spaces. Flowers symbolize sharing and strike a welcoming note by transforming the house into a hospitable home.
Flowers are for all occasions – even death. Archaeologists have found remains of dried flowers in ancient tombs and graves. Today we continue with the tradition of offering flowers to the dead. Why? It’s because flowers lighten the atmosphere, helps the mourners to accept the situation gracefully. Flowers call them back to life and sunshine on one hand while honoring and revering the departed on the other. Wreaths and garlands overpower the pall of gloom. A flower bouquet makes the patient in the hospital break into a smile – so strong is the message of hope that the flowers carry. Flowers are given first preference when it comes to diplomatic powwows – the colours, fragrance and touch of flowers are ambassadors of peace.
It is little wonder that great men waxed eloquent on flower power. Oscar Wilde noted, “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” Ralph Waldo Emerson quipped “The earth laughs in flowers”. The ultimate happiness one feels is when flowers are offered to God at places of worship is beyond description – it is divine as the happiness through flowers brings down blessings.