Forget the fountain of youth; new scientific research proves flowers help senior citizens cope with the challenges of aging. The evidence comes from a six-month behavioral study for which SAF partnered with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, to explore what effect flowers have on seniors.
SAF’s 2001 Flowers & Seniors Study demonstrates that flowers ease depression, inspire social networking and refresh memory as we age. More than 100 senior citizens participated in the study, during which some received flowers at least once and others did not receive flowers at all.
“Happier people live longer, healthier lives and are more open to change,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones, Rutgers professor of psychology and lead researcher on the study. “Our research shows that a small dose of nature, like flowers, can do a world of wonder for our well-being as we age.”
Flowers are not only for the living, they are also for the dead. Americans traditionally have expressed their respect
for the deceased by sending flowers, which honors the dead and console the living. Learn more about the history and importance of sympathy & funeral flowers and sympathy flower etiquette
Red roses symbolize….courage, passion, love and respect.
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Some flowers go together better than others, just like people, and the best flower arrangements come from intention and creativity. Relationship expert and author of Choosing ME Before WE Christine Arylo shares her easy advice for how to live like a flower — becoming your own best friend and growing new ones.
- Grow little buds into blooming buds. It’s easier to grow friendships with people you already know than to start fresh. Choose friends past or present who have the potential to grow deeper and stronger, and to make your life better. Put energy here. Be proactive at reaching out. If they live farther away, send them surprise flowers just because you are grateful to have them in your life. Think of it as helping your friendship bloom as a flower blooms—steadily and beautifully.
- Be honest about who you want in your friend bouquet. Be intentional with whom you want to surround yourself. Make a list of these buds (call it your friendship manifesto)—who they are, what they like to do, and how you feel when you are around them. Place the manifesto somewhere sacred (perhaps under a flowering plant to signify blooming friendships) and every so often take it out and read it, and keep your eyes out for new friends!
- Be inspired by others, not envious. If sunflowers spent all their time trying to be roses, they would be very unhappy sunflowers. Next time you find yourself comparing yourself to someone else, find what inspires you about that person, and tell them so! Watch how their heart opens because you’ve showered them with appreciation instead of judgment or envy, and you might just find a new friend.
- Look for new buds that feel like you. There is a universal relationship law that says like attracts like, which means people are attracted to energy on the outside that matches the energy on the inside. So if you want new friends that you resonate with and that feel good to be around, put your true self out to the world so others can see you. Think about what qualities you have to share with others and embrace this as part of your essence, so that your new buds will have an easier time finding you, and you them.
- Plant seeds in new fields. Put yourself out there to new people in new circles instead of just hanging out with the same people. If your new friends were flowers, what kind would they be? Do you want to grow fun friendships (think daisies or tulips), sophisticated ones (think lilies or orchids), or calming ones (think bamboo plants or succulents)? Surround yourself with these kinds of flowers or plants in your home to remind yourself of the new friends you are welcoming into your heart and life.
This is part of the Live Like A Flower series.
Read Christine Arylo’s blog post on Grow New Buds.
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