Just For Today: Put Flowers On Your Desk To Boost Your Mood


I always have fresh flowers on my kitchen table, and when I have a few extra stems, I’ll put them on my desk or nightstand too. I love seeing them when I walk through the room, but what I didn’t know is that there is scientific evidence that shows flowers have the power to boost your mood too!

A study out of Harvard last year confirmed that flowers are a real pick-me-up for people who do not consider themselves “morning people.” The study participants said although they generally feel least positive in the early hours, they reported being happier and more energetic after looking at flowers first thing in the morning!

Flowers will help boost your mood any time of the day – not just in the morning. A recent study from Rutgers showed that the mere presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner.

So, your Just For Today health challenge is to get some flowers – even just one stem – and put them in a vase on your desk. You don’t need anything extravagant – bring one in from the yard if you’d like. Put the flowers on your desk or wherever you spend the bulk of the day and see if the mere sight (and smell!) of them will cheer you up. I bet it will!


Posted on May 11, 2012, in Emotional Health, Just For Today and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I LOVE flowers. I love to have them in the house and at work. It's really great to know why I always feel good when I have flowers around. Great post and thank you!

  2. Oh yes, flowers will lift your mood! I am originally from The Netherlands where flowers are really cheap and people buy them almost every day just for fun!! Even if you don't like flowers too much, flowers will always like you and smile at you!! 🙂 Thanks!!

  3. jamiegall1930

    Occasionally I love buying flowers for myself. It really does boost that mood instantly!

  4. I love flowers. From where I sit at my desk, I can almost always see them out the window. I love to see them and smell them and grow them and share them and photograph them. They are definitely an instant mood lifter.

  5. AWESOME Idea! Flowers do bring a smile to most people's faces and some smell so AWESOME!!! GREAT IDEA Nisha!

  6. Anita Fiander

    I have some now from Mothers day but I don't always have them in my home. Will take this into consideration!

  7. I love having fresh flowers around my house. My only downfall is consistency – my beautiful flowers are often still there a week later, which could probably be proven to have the opposite effect of fresh flowers!

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