When we send or receive a bouquet of flowers - whether it be a dozen red roses for Valentine's day or a congratulatory bunch of Tulips - it instantly makes us grin from ear to ear. But it turns out, the heartwarming gesture does a little more than just that.
The American Society for Horticulture Science's new research says fresh flowers at home have the ability to reduce anxiety and stress, as well as ease feelings of physical pain. Ninety patients were divided into rooms either with flowers or without, and those with beautiful bunches of foliage displayed lower blood pressure, low pain ratings and some even had reduced heart rates.
The results weren't purely physical though, with many subjects reporting to be more positive and have lower levels of fatigue and stress.
It's not the first time this has been proven, either. A 2017 study, Complementary Therapies In Medicine, monitored women at university who were given fresh roses for their accommodation, and the results showed those that had fresh flowers in their rooms were more relaxed than those who didn't.
Perhaps, it's never been a better time to head to the local florist for a fresh bunch.