Sunday, May 10, 2009
Happy Mother's Day From Colombia
Mystery Solved: Why Moms Really Love Flowers on Special Day
For over a hundred years, mothers in the United States have been honored on Mother's Day, traditionally celebrated with beautiful bouquets of flowers. New research suggests that the positive power flowers have on feelings may be the real reason mothers prefer to be given beautiful blooms on their special day. According to a behavioral research study conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, when fresh-cut flowers are in the home, people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety and feel less depressed.
"Without question, mothers appreciate flowers for their natural beauty," said Augusto Solano, president of Asocolflores, the Colombian Association of Flower Exporters. "And beyond the emotional excitement of receiving flowers, there are proven benefits that flowers provide on human behavior. Moms have long recognized the power of flowers, and now we know why! For over-stressed moms, it's no wonder they look to flowers for a proven pick-me-up."
Solano suggests treating moms to flowers not only on Mother's Day, but throughout the year. Flowers are not only great to look at, but have powerful "attitude-adjusting" qualities that can be enjoyed by busy moms, too.
Just in time for Mother's Day, millions of flowers will be shipped to the U.S. from Colombia, The Land of Flowers. Two out of every three flowers sold in the U.S. are grown in Colombia's rich, fertile soil and the country's beautiful year-round climate.
And a majority of those fresh cut red roses come from Medellin, Colombia the "city of eternal spring."
The first person I called from my hotel room on my first trip to Medellin was my mother, which I called to not only tell her I was safe because she worried about me traveling to Colombia, but I wanted to tell her that everything she had heard about Medellin in the US news was all in the past.
Discover The Transformation of Medellin, Colombia (click here)