‘Jua Maya’ Sunflower by Ball SAWith five consecutive appearances in the College World Series tournament and two national championships under their belt, members of the University of Florida softball team have serious athletic cred. But it’s their distinctive fashion statement  that  gets  fans  and  national pundits talking.

Since 2014, before every game, the women have attached sunflowers to their ponytails and braids in honor of Heather Braswell, the Gators’ biggest fan (and honorary teammate), who passed away from complications with brain cancer at age 17. Heather adored all things yellow and sunflowers, the women decided, symbolize uplifting feelings like hope and joy. 

Many agree with the Gators’ assessment. Sunflowers’ vibrant coloring and full shape make them a go-to choice for anyone needing an emotional pick-me-up. No one can look at a sunflower without smiling.

In fact, research confirms that flowers might be the perfect pick-me-up — especially for the morning blahs. Participants of a behavioral study conducted at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital said they feel least positive in the early hours but reported being happier and more energetic after looking at flowers first thing in the morning.

Overall, the participants said they liked to look at the flowers 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.

Try it! Display some sunflowers in your kitchen. They’ll make you smile, guaranteed!

‘Pro Cut Orange’ Sunflowers by Kendall Farms