ingram1I don’t believe any of us need scientific evidence to know that flowers make people happy.

But if you DO need some scientific research to convince you, then get ready to believe. Here are my favorite findings from recent flower research.

1) Rutgers University found flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.

I don’t know about you, but even when I see pretty pictures of flowers on Pinterest I stop and I swoon. When my kids hand me a fistful of dandelions, I can’t help but grin. When my husband walks in the door with a bouquet, I smile.

2) Another Rutgers University study found both men and women who give flowers are perceived as happy, achieving, strong, capable and courageous.

So, giving flowers makes you look awesome. I know my husband sure looks awesome, smart, and strong when he walks through the door with flowers for me.

3) Flowers decrease depression. When seniors were studied, 81 percent of the participants reported a reduction in depression after receiving flowers.

Sometimes lifting a sad heart is as easy as handing over a few colorful stems.

4) Harvard University research shows people feel more compassionate toward others and have less worry and anxiety when flowers are present.

Flowers in the KitchenFlowers soften bare walls and comfort anxious hearts. I totally believe that. My personal experience is that when I have flowers placed on my counter, windowsill or desk, my day automatically has built-in moments of peaceful pause. I can’t help but take a moment to look at them. Smell them. Think about who gave them to me. Our days are so busy; we bounce from task to task to task. It is lovely to break away if only for a moment to reflect on something beautiful.

Flowers are blessings.

For more information on the flower research, please visit aboutflowers.com.

How have flowers made you happy?

Jenny Ingram, the voice and personality of jennyonthespot.com, lives on a peninsula in the greater Seattle area. She is a mother of three, wife, friend, and former history teacher.