Career Development: A “Beautiful” Way to Increase Productivity & Creativity
I have a habit of buying a bouquet of flowers for my office whenever I go grocery shopping – a guilty pleasure. Today, I read research that makes me feel a little less guilty. Did you know that exposure to flowers can:
- reduce anxiety, negativity and depression
- promote creativity (a University of Exeter study noted a 45% increase!)
- enhance innovative thinking
- increase productivity
One study indicated that people feel happier and had more energy after looking at flowers first thing in the morning. Flowers may even have a positive impact on memory. If you have a green thumb, research suggests that growing your own plants increases the benefits, improving health, well-being, and life satisfaction.
These benefits were noted in women and men, the young and the elderly.