The headline in Sunday's paper read, "Flowers Boost Morning Moods". Apparently there was a mood research project that was conducted by Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital. The result of this mood study showed that the majority of people are least positive in the morning. The article, by NewsUSA in Sunday's Indianapolis Star, goes on to say that those in the mood study "reported being happier and more energetic after looking at flowers first thing in the morning".
Dr. Nancy Etcoff, who was the lead researcher, reported that when even a small bouquet of flowers was introduced into the morning routine of those in the study, it caused them to perk up, giving them an emotional boost that lasted throughout their day.
In the book, the Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer, she addresses the importance of having fresh flowers in the home. She said, "In Holland fresh cut flowers were generally considered a necessity." She said that even the poor people put aside a guilder or two for fresh flowers every week. She also recalls that her high school principal always started the daily assembly by reciting, "If you have two loaves of bread, sell one and by a lily!" She said that the kids would often giggle and scoff at the statement, but later she came to appreciate it because she realized, "the bread becomes a different thing when eaten at a table with a lily in the center.
Yolanda Elizabet at Bliss, is a wonderful example of someone who attempts to have flowers in her home year round. I loved the post she did on flower arranging. The best thing about her flower arrangements is that they come from her own wonderful garden.
I know for me, even looking at pictures of beautiful, colorful flowers on gardening blogs is a mood lifter. So, I hope these beautiful bouquets perk you up and give you an emotional boost today.