This month, “the month of love and romance” is the perfect time to choose a beautiful bunch of flowers for someone you love, or treat yourself to.
Flowers are linked to a person’s happiness, both immediate and long term. They can relieve stress, lift your spirit, and ease away depression symptoms and anxiety.
The reason why flowers are able to do this is that it gives you a connection to nature, to something beyond your normal, fast-paced environment. Colours also make you happier through chromotherapy, which uses colour to balance “energy” lacking from a persons body, whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental levels.
Flowers can make you happy by triggering your happy brain chemicals: dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin.
Historically, flowers triggered dopamine for our hunter-gatherer ancestors because they marked the coming of abundance after a hungry winter. Now, the blossoming of a flower triggers the sense that something special is coming.
Serotonin is popularly thought to be a contributor to feelings of wellbeing and happiness. Flowers can help stimulate a sense of pride and excitement with others, and release serotonin – whether you grow them, buy them, give them, receive them or admire them from a distance.
Often called the “love hormone,” oxytocin is associated with empathy, trust, and relationship building. Flowers communicate the intention to invest effort in a relationship, helping you to connect with and feel closer on an emotional level to people around you.
Whether you give a bouquet to a loved one, receive a rose from a secret admirer or treat yourself to a bunch; flowers have more effects than just decorative. They can make you happy.
The flowers featured in this article are by Brian Kirkby. Brian has been a florist for more than 15 years, working nationally and internationally. Specialising in wedding and event work and bespoke bouquets, he brings new and contemporary ideas to clients in the Wimbledon area.
Featuring Brian Kirkby Flowers
Written by Flora Firth