Anyway, this 2005 research paper, An Environmental Approach to Positive Emotion: Flowers revealed that:
- flowers, upon presentation to women, always elicited the Duchenne or true smile. Women who received flowers reported more positive moods 3 days later.
- a flower given to men or women in an elevator elicited more positive social behavior than other stimuli.
- flowers presented to elderly participants (55+ age) elicited positive moo reports an improved episodic memory.
- Flowers have immediate and long-term effects on emotional reactions, mood, social behaviors and even memory for both males and females.
It has been three days since I gave the flowers and she is still smiling most of the time. Wow, such is the power of the rose!
If you want to read the research paper click here.