Welcome to All and big Hello to all the new people stopping by the mini-nature Blog! Tonight we continue looking at What is Hot in Texas and which flowers like it Hot. *Also, another photoadventure of my garden lizard named: Prince Anole~. The Prince says he is Smokin Hot! I will let the photos tell the tale of the two tails in the Hot Sun on the Fence. Your photostudy tonight is of several Flowers blooming now in the Hot June Heat. Your infostudy is from Wikipedia about those flowers.
At the Post Office in town: Desert Bird of Paradise
(Wallich ex Hook.)Wallich ex D. Dietr.
Can planting/growing/watching/learning about Flowers make You Happier?
Below is a link to a great paper that explores this accepted truth. This is an excerpt of the Introduction. Please visit the page to view the complete article:
human-nature.com/ep – 2005. 3: 104-132
An Environmental Approach to Positive Emotion: Flowers
Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Department of Psychology, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey,
New Brunswick, NJ. 08903, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holly Hale Rosario, Department of Psychology, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, New
Brunswick, NJ. 08903, USA.
Patricia Wilson, Department of Psychology, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141, USA.
Terry R. McGuire, Department of Genetics, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, New
Brunswick, NJ. 08903, USA.
Abstract: For more than 5000 years, people have cultivated flowers although there is
no known reward for this costly behavior. In three different studies we show that
flowers are a powerful positive emotion “inducer”. In Study 1, flowers, upon
presentation to women, always elicited the Duchenne or true smile. Women who
received flowers reported more positive moods 3 days later. In Study 2, a flower
given to men or women in an elevator elicited more positive social behavior than
other stimuli. In Study 3, flowers presented to elderly participants (55+ age) elicited
positive mood reports and improved episodic memory. Flowers have immediate and
long-term effects on emotional reactions, mood, social behaviors and even memory
for both males and females. There is little existing theory in any discipline that
explains these findings. We suggest that cultivated flowers are rewarding because
they have evolved to rapidly induce positive emotion in humans, just as other plants
have evolved to induce varying behavioral responses in a wide variety of species
leading to the dispersal or propagation of the plants.
Keywords: positive psychology; emotion; happiness; flowers; memory; social distance;
|Nerium oleander in flower|
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time! Take care of your plants and pets in this heat.
Take care of Yourself!!!!!!