The Link between happiness and flowers: Academic Study findings

Beloved Flower Lover,
TheLondonFlowerLover Do it differentlyWe came across a study that we have shared with you before but we were reminded again to share with you again about the link between happiness and flowers.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.”

According to behavioural research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health – flowers. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behaviour in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.

“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,” said Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers and lead researcher on the study.

Research Findings

In the 10-month study of participants’ behavioural and emotional responses to receiving flowers, a team of researchers found an positive relationship between flowers and life satisfaction. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.

  1. 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.
  2. Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically, study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.
  3. Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

So were does the University at Rutgers study  leave us. Especially since it has independently confirmed that regardless of a persons, gender, age or temperament, that for them flowers trigger positive emotions and promote our emotional well-being.



Yes. They found that people feel less anxiety when flowers are present. The overall feeling of satisfaction is heightened and, even, the mere presence of flowers improves social behaviour.

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Yes. Estate agents have long known the benefits of flowers at the front entry of a home and restaurants with fresh flowers on the tables consistently receive higher ratings.

What’s important for you now? We have a few questions here which you might like to use as a prompt to ask you how you might use this study.


Could wildflowers planted through a highway median decrease road rage?

If flowers were in a classroom could that help with studying?

Could it make a difference to have flowers in a prison, even their cell?

If we are having doubt and fear, could flowers be used to hold the energy of this happiness in our hearts focused on long enough so we could actually appreciate that our true nature is the divine nature of happiness?

Could it make a difference to those who want to flourish in their lives to have flowers around?

We invite you to  continue to ask questions that a relevant to yourself that may be linked to you and happiness


so again, in review, in the Rutgers study, people receiving flowers universally generated an immediate, involuntary smile response.   In every case, 100% of the time, recipients responded to the flowers with what is known as the Duchenne smile—or, a “true smile’.  No other gift in the study elicited that kind of response.  Days later, the flower recipients still felt the happy affects.
We wonder and actually have this sentiment at the heart of this post and all of our work here. Instead of prescribing a pill to make people feel better, perhaps the best thing to do is a self-prescribed trip to your local florist.

The London Flower Lover How can I use flowers to keep me open about how I can easily feel more loving and peaceful in all areas of my life


Give them, receive them, have them in your environment and notice what you notice as you become  inspired by flower  and their power.


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Welcome to The London Flower Lover. We are florists who create floral collections to tell your real life story. With colour and texture, we take floristry into an entirely new direction based on the challenges and joys of your life. Offering what we call 'heart based floristry' we use style, fashion, and life situations and merge them with heart based lifestyle support. This inspiring blend creates so much more for those who love flowers. Using flowers in the traditional way of course, but always using flowers to open up a floralicious conversation about relationships of all kinds. We are a sort of work in progress of compassionately confirming how we are already on the inside, the love we want to see out in the world. That is mission of The London Flower Lover. So saying yes to recognising that is at the heart of this blog and using flowers to honour that inner world is how we use the beauty of giving and receiving flowers. This blog is your blog. It's as much about cultivating your heart, as it is about enjoying the physical beauty of flowers. It offers story, poems and video to reflect the life you actually live whilst showing beautifully inspiring collections of flower designs. Hand-tied bouquets, arrangements and more. All this with sought after tips from well established experts on how to keep a happy heart. This is what makes The London Flower Lover unique and magical. Yes, and that's how we make the difference that we do. When life looks, feels, or sounds challenging, we offer a sanctuary that you may dip into. A well of refreshment and strength that you may draw from. Sharing what others have found to be successful ways of being happy in the face of challenges, whilst letting flowers do the talking when we have no other way to interpret what is going on. Use flowers to help you re-discover, reveal and remember how you can still be despite challenges. Use flowers to celebrate and to embody the possibility of your heart felt desire, fulfilled. Use flowers in your life, to remind you of the beauty of your life. Use The London Flower Lover today. We invite you to stay curious in this floral universe as you explore the love in the heart. This is a floralicious world.
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7 Responses to The Link between happiness and flowers: Academic Study findings

  1. Briana says:

    Reading your posts & seeing your flower pics also makes me happy!
    But because of your team I always have flowers in my home.

  2. utesmile says:

    Flowers do make me very happy, and I buy some now for my office at work, it makes my office more beautiful and more inviting for the people visiting!

    • ute, you are so correct and it’s nice that academics and have confirmed that, so perhaps that’s money well spent ….it’s impact ripples far wider, each time you do that…..we would like to say thank you for doing that on behalf of all those who have the pleasure of visiting you in your office….mmmmmm

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