For most of the world’s population, an entire season has come and gone with hardly any activity outside of the house — minus masked trips to the grocery store or pharmacy, or long walks or runs for those living in favorable climates — and the isolation has taken a severe psychological toll. Flowers can’t remove these burdens, but as multiple university studies have proven, they do increase feelings of well-being and instill a sense of calmness.
Floral Management recently highlighted flowers with bright, vibrant colors, which psychologists, interior designers, personal shoppers, makeup artists and even chefs agree have a pick-me-up effect.
“When we look at certain colors, it triggers neurological responses in the brain. Warm, bright colors release dopamine — known as the ‘feel-good hormone’ — which can improve our mood, heighten the attention span and even boost our sex drive,” said Jules Standish, a style consultant and author of “How Not to Wear Black.”
Katie Hendrick Vincent is the senior contributing writer and editor for the Society of American Florists.