The Power of Flowers and Plants in our lives


Laura Depardo

Flowers have a positive impact on our lives. Three behavioral studies conducted at Rutgers University’s Department of Psychology in New Brunswick NJ, show that flowers are a powerful, positive emotion inducer.

In study one, flowers, upon presentation to women, always elicited the Duchenne, or true, smile.  Women who received flowers reported more positive moods three days later. In study two, a flower given to men or women in an elevator elicited more positive social behavior than other stimuli. And in study three, flowers presented to older participants (55 or older) elicited positive mood and improved episodic memory

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