If you’re only bringing flowers into your life on special occasions, you’re missing out on all the ways flowers and plants can improve your life.
In addition to creating scenes of beauty in your home, office, or garden, here are three reasons you should make enjoying plants and flowers a regular part of your life.
They have a positive impact on your mental health
When you’re outdoors, how do you feel?
If you’re like many people, a little fresh air and greenery helps boost your mood. There’s a reason activities like camping, hiking, and gardening are all so popular: they connect you with nature.
Studies have shown that adding plants and flowers to your living space mimics the feeling you get when you’re outdoors. Even if you’re not an “outdoorsy” person, the natural scents and colours of flowers can:
- Help you relax
- Foster your creativity
- Revitalize your energy
- Boost your mood
They support your physical health
There’s a reason flowers make great “Get Well Soon” gifts.
People who are relaxed tend to heal faster than those who are stressed out. When you’re not feeling well, flowers can help promote healing so you feel better, sooner.
Plants and flowers also help improve concentration and memory. This isn’t just a benefit of being relaxed (though that helps your memory, too) but because plants add oxygen to the air. That’s part of the reason so many offices and workplaces add plants to their decor – relaxed, happy employees are more productive.
Humidity is another health benefit of flowers. While it’s not the same as using a humidifier, plants and flowers do naturally add humidity to dry spaces. This can help keep your throat and sinuses from being dry.
They improve your relationships
Think of the last time you received flowers.
Were you celebrating an occasion? Or maybe you were in need of comfort. Maybe it was just a surprise gift out of the blue.
Whatever the reason, you probably felt pretty special.
Giving and receiving flowers as gifts is a thoughtful way to show you care. Whether it’s celebrating big moments or showing support through life’s tough times, flowers are a reminder that someone is thinking of you. In addition to all the mental and physical health benefits, that knowledge can create stronger friendships and relationships.