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Happy Onam: How Adding Flowers In Your Life Makes You Happier & Healthier

Binish Ahmed

Flowers always make people better and happier; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.

The festival of harvest is back! Onam is celebrated to pay homage to King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit homes in Kerala during this time.  The spirit of the festival is brought alive by a 10-day celebration comprising of worship, delicacies, songs, music, dances, and snake boat races. But Onam, is incomplete without the pookalam—an intricate arrangement of fresh flowers. Beautiful flower rangolis are made at the entrance of houses and are believed to bring happiness and prosperity throughout the year. But apart from adding aesthetic appeal to your house, flowers do a lot more.

A lot of studies are claiming that environmental designs can impact health positively. It means that adding elements of nature, like flowers, to the house promotes well-being.

So, this Onam you’re not just making a pookalam, you’re also getting a myriad of health benefits from adding flowers to your home. Here are some wonderful health benefits of having flowers in your home:

Relieve stress & uplift mood

Flowers offer psychological benefits. Studies have revealed that people feel less stressed when they had fresh flowers in their homes. Colours like yellow, green, blue, pink and orange reduce stress and promote stronger emotions of happiness and well-being. So, look at flowers first thing in the morning if you want to have a happier mood.

They make your relationships better

Experts say that having flowers around can increase your level of empathy for others and makes you more willing to extend a helping hand to those in need. Thus, you tend to have better relationships with others. Moreover, flowers boost your romantic relationships – no wonder they always trend in seasons of gifting & love.

Some help you heal

It has been found that flowers in a sick person’s room lead to improved recovery rates. Such people feel more cared for, thus contributing to their positive well-being. Moreover, flowers can also help you breathe easier and boost immunity by humidifying the air (lack of humidity makes you prone to infections).

You become more productive

Feeling lazy at the office? Running out of ideas? Flowers can help you! Research says that flowers in your home or office can improve productivity. It has been found that they increase mindfulness on the passing time thus encouraging you to accomplish goals on time. To add icing to the cake, flowers at your workplace can improve the air quality, reduce stress and uplift your mood.

Have a colourful life – just like the lovely pookalam. Onam Ashamsakal!

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