It turns out that the 1960s activists who chanted "flower power" were onto something important, in more ways than they probably knew. Flowers, just like peace, are good for our mental health.
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The greenhouse industry has a lot to celebrate today; here are several ways flowers contribute to good mental health:
- For hospital patients a 2008 study confirmed where the hospital room was brightened with flowers and potted plants the patient:
- Needed less postoperative pain medication.
- Had lower systolic blood pressure and pulse rates.
- Were less anxious and tired.
- Were generally in a more positive psychological state than patients in rooms without plants.
- For restaurants, researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands studied restaurant diners and found that people with fresh flowers on their tables seem to be in better moods.
- For offices, other studies have found that:
- Cognitive performance is better in offices with plants than in workplaces without them.
- There is evidence linking seeing green leafy plants with being more creative.
- Smelling floral scents also seems to put us in a good mood and make us feel less anxious.
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