Flowers have been around us for ages. Not only are they a beautiful sight to see, but they have existed since the dawn of man, bringing a touch of beauty to any scene. There are so many reasons to love flowers. They play a huge role in the world we live in.

In nature, they act as a source of food for insects, birds, and animals. They provide humans and animals natural remedies, brightening up the natural scenery around us. Moreover, flowers have an instant effect on happiness. When receiving flowers, studies have shown that particpants in every age group expressed excitement.

Flowers have a positive long-term impact on moods. Upon receiving flowers, participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious, and agitated. People also showed a greater sense of satisfaction with life when surrounded by flowers.

We take a closer look at the psychology behind flowers and what it does for us as humans.

Expressing emotions through flowers

  • Expressing Love — The red rose is the most popular flower to show someone’s love and desire. The tulip is another red flower that can be given to loved ones. A statement of love is symbolized by a bouquet of red tulips. For lovers on a budget, carnations are also a wonderful option.
  • Expressing Friendship — The flower of friendship is the Alstroemeria. It symbolizes prosperity, fortune, and wealth.
  • Celebrating Special Occasions — Dahlias convey dignity and honor. They are ideal for special occasions like a graduation or a new career. Dahlias also suggest a strong bond between two lovers and are perfect for anniversaries. Myrtles along with peonies also signify prosperity and a long happy married life. They are the best way to wish good luck and love to someone just married.
flowers celebration
  • Expressing Gratitude and Admiration — Wisdom and recognition are also represented by purple irises, whereas the blue ones signify faith and hope. To show both gratitude and admiration, pink roses are great. Hydrangea reflects genuine gratitude for being understood, from the depth of the heart. The hydrangea is also, according to a Japanese legend, is a symbol of apology.
  • Asking for Forgiveness — One of the most used flowers to ask for forgiveness is the purple hyacinth. It also symbolizes sorrow and regret. If you’re looking for forgiveness, white tulips are also great.
  • Expressing Remembrance — Many flowers, like the pansy, are often used during funerals, representing remembrance. Another flower used in religious ceremonies is Verbena. There is a common belief that people can be protected from evil through that flower.

How flowers affect people’s moods

Humans have cultivated flowers with love and affection for thousands of years. For their beauty, their scent and their ceremonial significance, flowers have long been appreciated.

Have we ever considered the incredible impact that flowers have on our social and emotional well-being? We examine some of this down below.


In sensorial perception, color plays a key role. Red, for example, has been said to enhance performance on tasks that require a strong focus on detail. It is also linked to love and romance and could have a beneficial impact on the immune system. 

It has been said that Blue helps to improve creative thinking. It’s also linked to calmness and trustworthiness. Violet can affect the mind and nerves in a quiet way, lifting your spirits and promoting innovation.

flat lay photography of purple and red leaves

Yellow is considered a happy color. It’s also a cheerful color that promotes communication. In addition, it has been said that yellow promotes memory and boosts the nervous system. 

It was said that orange conveys optimism and promotes communication. Softer hues convey gentleness and romance, where brighter pinks might stimulate energy. All of these facts on the psychology of color help to give you a better idea of which flowers — by color — may be best to decorate your home.


A familiar scent can trigger memories instantly. Sweet smelling flowers can improve your mood and possibly enhance your mental function. Fragrant indoor plants have been said to help with relaxation in a stressful atmosphere. Some have even claimed that the flowers’ fragrance (for example lavender) even help to relieve headaches and helps with sleep. Investing in fragrant houseplants is a perfect choice to creating that sense of peace.

Plant care

Tending to flowers gives us a sense of duty and increases self-esteem. Caring for beautiful flowers, in a sense, becomes a small labor of love. Flowers bring you tranquility. As you nourish new growth, you feel a sense of achievement. In having something to care for, we often find value that relies on us to survive. The act of gardening can even help teach kids to grow up more responsibly.

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Flowers show you care

Gardens are peaceful. You are encouraged to be aware of all your senses when you’re surrounded by flowers. Being still and enjoying the present moment can even — on a subconscious level — help reduce anxiety.

Ultimately, flowers are an incredible way to show you care about others and yourself.

It brings happiness to any environment it’s placed in, from receiving to decorating. Perhaps it is the sense of coming closer with nature, but when humans are immersed in a floral environment, moods and emotions brighten up.

It is only the sight of beautiful indoor flowering plants that can spark discussions.

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