Love vibrant flowers? Not only are they visually stunning, they actually make us feel happier,
One of the reasons why sunflowers and other bright flowers make us feel this way is because of
the psychological effect of colour. Colours can affect our mood and emotions, and bright colours
such as yellow, orange, and red are often associated with happiness, energy, and warmth.
Sunflowers, in particular, with their bright yellow petals and brown centres, evoke feelings of joy
In addition to colour, the sight and scent of flowers can have a soothing effect on our minds and
bodies. Flowers are often associated with nature and can provide a sense of calmness and
tranquillity. The scent of flowers has been shown to reduce stress levels and promote relaxation.
Dr. Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Professor of Psychology at New Jersey’s Rutgers University, said:
"Flowers have immediate and long-term effects on emotional reactions, mood, social behaviours
and even memory for both males and females.
"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."
In another study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, Dr. Erin Largo-Wight, a
professor at the University of North Florida, found: "The presence of flowers led to increased
happiness, positive moods and improved social interaction."
These findings emphasise the importance of incorporating flowers and nature into our daily lives
for our overall well-being.
And, being around flowers and other plants can improve our overall well-being. Studies have
shown that exposure to nature can lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and depression, and
improve cognitive function.