The next time you ven­ture out­side to get gro­ceries, pick up a bright bunch of flow­ers to bright­en your mood. It’s been sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly proven you can improve your mood just by look­ing at fresh flow­ers. In 2005, Pro­fes­sor Jean­nette Hav­i­land-Jones set out to see if flow­ers have pow­er. She sent bas­kets of fruit, can­dles or flower designs to recip­i­ents and record­ed their reac­tions. The flower-recip­i­ents showed pure joy and remained hap­pi­er days lat­er than the folks who received can­dles or fruit.  Pro­fes­sor Hav­i­land-Jones posed in her paper pub­lished in Evo­lu­tion­ary Psychology:

Giv­en that there is lit­tle the­o­ry to guide us, what expla­na­tions might we present for these find­ings? We sug­gest that the expla­na­tions fall into three cat­e­gories: (1) sim­ple learned asso­ci­a­tions of flow­ers with pos­i­tive social events, (2) asso­ci­a­tions of flow­ers with food that could be part of an evo­lu­tion­ary response pro­mot­ing food search, and (3) flow­ers as spe­cial­ly evolved human sen­so­ry mood enhancers.”

So, whether it is from an asso­ci­a­tion of oth­er good mem­o­ries or just some cheer­ful col­ors or the thought of re-birth in spring, flow­ers can help pull you out of the dol­drums. Trust us, we know it’s true.