As a child growing up in Western North Carolina I anticipated the arrival of Spring for numerous reasons. Hope was reborn as I watched a baby bluebirds first flight from the nest, or helping my grandfather pick spring onions from his garden. Each day was filled with curiosity, and the anticipation of new life emerging from winters cold grip.
While everything was special, I can close my eyes and see the splashes of color that dotted the green grass. All across the meadow, down the creek side and my nanny’s flower garden life was in full color.
Lilacs and daffodils were the stars of the early spring garden. The richly fragrant lilac would fill the entire garden with an distinct perfume. While the bold yellow daffodil danced in the March winds, as if to say “Hello” we are back for another year!
These memories of flowers invoke a fondness for my childhood, that will always bring a smile to my face. Scientific studies have shown that looking at flowers will make you happy. A 2008 study of hospital patients found that having flowers in the room made patients feel more positive, with reduced pain and anxiety. Another study from Rutgers found when participants were presented with a bouquet of flowers, it resulted in what scientists call a “true smile” a full 100% of the time. Seeing flowers had immediate and long term effects, that resulted in elevated moods for days.
Written by: Front Office Staff