LoveYourBrain Tip: Give The Gift Of Flowers

GIVE THE GIFT OF FLOWERS!

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BRAIN HEALTH | 2.13.2017 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, PH.D., M.S.

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Still looking for a special gift to give a loved one this Valentine’s Day? Flowers are a great choice! Not only are they beautiful and readily available this time of year, there is evidence to support the mental health benefits of flowers and plants.

  • Studies have shown that women given flowers express an authentic smile, which as we have shared, is good for the brain!
  • The sweet scent of flowers can elevate mood – we love the smell of star jasmine.  What’s your favorite?
  • Indoor plants near your workspace can improve concentration.  Researchers are not sure how this works, but it may be as simple as this:  gazing at plants or flowers provides a quick mental break, which is important for efficient cognitive functioning.  Plus, this form of mental break doesn’t usually distract us for a long time, like Facebook does.
  • In a 2008 study, hospital patients with flowers in their post-surgery recovery room reported less pain, anxiety and fatigue

Valentine’s Day provides a special opportunity to share the gift of health and wellness by making this mindful choice for your loved one. Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at LoveYourBrain.