COMFORT WITH FLOWERS

Comfort and Tribute in White

Many times we read an obituary and at the end read ” in lieu of flowers” please donate to….”. Just for a moment, I would like you to pause and consider flowers. Floral tributes offer warmth and convey caring thoughts. Furthermore, “the bereavement process is a pivotal time when worry, anxiety, and many sad emotions are present,” Compelling research shows that the presence of flowers make a positive impact on people’s emotional well-being, Flowers are a critical part of the bereavement process.” Please send comfort with flowers and then make your donation.

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MORNING PICK ME-UP

An excerpt from SAF

Harvard Research: Flowers are the Perfect Pick-Me-Up to Boost Morning Moods

Research confirms that flowers might be the perfect pick-me-up for millions of Americans who do not consider themselves “morning people.” Participants of a behavioral study conducted by researchers at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital confirmed that they feel least positive in the early hours but reported being happier and more energetic after looking at flowers first thing in the morning.

“The morning blahs, it turns out, is a real phenomenon, with positive moods – happiness, friendliness and warmth, for example – manifesting much later in the day,” says lead researcher Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D. “Interestingly, when we placed a small bouquet of flowers into their morning routines, people perked up.”

Dr. Etcoff is referencing the fact that participants in the study responded to the flowers, which had been placed in rooms they frequented in the morning. Overall, the participants reported they liked to look at the blooms first thing in the morning, particularly in the kitchen. The final study results demonstrate that flowers impact people emotionally at home, causing them to feel less anxious and more compassionate. They even reported a boost of energy that lasted through their day.

“What I find interesting is that by starting the day in a more positive mood, you are likely to transfer those happier feelings to others – it’s what is called mood contagion,” says Etcoff. “And, the kitchen is the place where families tend to gather in the morning – imagine how big a difference a better morning mood can make.”

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