Posts Tagged ‘well being’

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April is Stress Awareness Month

by Jennifer Sparks on March 30, 2019 at 9:19 am

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? Because almost everyone can relate to stress, health professionals and wellness experts across the country use this time to increase public awareness about the causes of stress and help people find ways to cope.

Americans are indeed stressed. Think about it: Taxes. Finances. Work overload. Health concerns. In fact, according to a survey by Wakefield Research, 68 percent of people feel stress on a weekly basis, and 32 percent are stressed every day. Women, in particular, are affected, as one in four report experiencing stress multiple times a day.

Here’s the good news: Scientific research offers a surprisingly simple way to help relieve it. According to a study conducted at the University of North Florida’s Department of Public Health, living with flowers significantly reduces stress. Lead researcher Erin Largo-Wight, Ph.D., says these findings are important from a public health standpoint because “adding flowers to reduce stress does not require tremendous effort to generate a meaningful effect.”

These findings follow decades of behavioral research studies conducted by researchers at Harvard, Rutgers and Texas A&M that demonstrate flowers’ ability to enhance our well being, so it makes sense that flowers would help to provide a moment of calm amidst a hectic day.

Still not convinced? Do a little experiment and just try it. Read More

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Resolve to Be Happy, With Flowers

by Carol Caggiano on January 4, 2016 at 9:47 am

MorningWe have sung Auld Lang Syne and 2016 is underway. We are packing away our decorations and making New Year’s resolutions regarding our health and well being. We are going to exercise more, lose weight, eat healthier, quit bad habits, be more generous, be more understanding and, by doing all of that, be happier. We join the gym, skip the middle of the grocery store and only shop the perimeter, and promise to go to church every week. We might even find a buddy who shares our goals to team up with to ensure good results. Our intentions are sincere and we are off and running. Want to know a secret weapon that can help in our quest? Flowers.

You might think, flowers? How can they possibly help? In a research study conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School it was revealed that people feel more compassionate towards others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when fresh flowers are present in the home.  Another behavioral study conducted at Rutger’s University found that nature provides us a simple way to improve emotional health, and that is with flowers. Just having fresh flowers in our living spaces triggers happy emotions, therefore putting us in a better frame of mind to carry on with our other resolutions. Having even small bouquets in the most frequented places in your home can make a big difference. Read More