How Do Our Brains Respond to Yellow Flowers?

What is in a color? There is a sense of hope and motivation to be more, it is a reminder that we are immensely capable.

By: THURSD. | 25-10-2023 | 5 min read
Floral Education Flowers
Yellow flowers

Flowers hold the immense power of evoking desirable emotions and feelings within us. Some feel a sense of being loved, cared for, and valued but what about the yellow flowers, whether roses or summer flowers? Have you ever wondered what impact yellow flowers have on your brain, what do they trigger?

When you are gifted yellow flowers, right off the bat, what kind of emotions would you experience? If you were sad do your brain's serotonin neurotransmitter levels rise, or does the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine get triggered? Here is a detailed view of the impact of yellow flowers on the cognitive process, meaning, and significance of yellow flowers.

Color Psychology, Effects of the Yellow Color

Color psychology reckons that colors have a way of impacting human emotions, behaviors, and cognitive processes. Though different colors can evoke varied emotions, these feelings can either be positive or negative depending on the exposure levels. However, the color yellow has been established through the study of color psychology to be associated with optimism and joy, when people get exposed to the color yellow, their moods and inspirations get elevated tremendously.


Yellow flowers
Chrysanthemum Santini Maverick Sunny from Floritec


Other benefits associated with yellow included increased focus and concentration levels. The use of yellow flowers in floral design tends to grab the recipient's attention right away, compelling them to appreciate the finer details of the arrangement and the flowers in general. If you would like to push the limits of your creativity and feel motivated, then exposure to the color yellow is the perfect boost needed.

Meaning of Yellow Flowers

Being cognizant of the impacts of the color yellow based on the color psychology, what is the meaning behind yellow flowers? Notably, the meaning of yellow flowers differs significantly from culture to culture. For instance, in Japan, yellow flowers or color are associated with abundance, while in France it is a symbol of jealousy and in Mexico due to the use of Marigolds, yellow flowers can be associated with the celebration of the dead.


Yellow flowers
Alstroemeria Lemon by Royal Van Zanten


That notwithstanding though, yellow flowers are tools to inspire hope, motivate, and bring joy and much-needed light to the lives of our loved ones. Despite the meaning behind yellow flowers, do not gift a bouquet with a yellow rose to your significant other because it is by no means a romantic gesture. Yellow roses or flowers in general are associated with friendship and they are ideal for gifting your friends.

Mental Benefits of Yellow Flowers

To that flower feeling, that feeling cannot be substituted, so powerful, inspiring, and warm; that the effect of yellow roses for you! With the capability to trigger the dopamine hormone that makes you happy and inspired yellow roses are a happy color and should be your go-to flower gift to your loved ones, whose spirits need some uplifting.

Gifting your loved one a bouquet of Rose Rise & Shine, for instance, is the perfect gift to celebrate your friendship. Yellow flowers are a symbol of friendship and with their light and undeniable positive energy, your friends are likely to experience the trigger of increased dopamine production, which compels them to experience joy and feel a sense of appreciation and value from their loved ones.


Yellow Flowers
Tulip Tropical Wave


We experience a lot of intense, and stressful moments in our daily lives, which might negatively impact our mental health. Given the light and energy of yellow flowers can radiate, they are appreciated as the perfect therapy and can help in alleviating mental health issues through the reduction of stress or anxiety levels or intensity.

Yellow flowers are believed to stimulate your mental activity and subsequently inspire creativity. Given that yellow roses or summer flowers are attention-grabbing due to their color, they enhance your focus, while encouraging you to be innovative with your tasks. The inspiration to be creative is simply linked to the positive energy and feel-good ambiance associated with yellow flowers. Yellow flowers can make you alert, creative, and inspired to do more and be more.

Things to Consider Before Gifting Yellow Flowers

Despite being a great symbol of friendship and a perfect tool to convey affection and thoughtful sentiments to our buddies, yellow flowers shouldn't gifted to a romantic partner, with the intent of conveying a romantic gesture. However, you can gift a yellow rose bouquet to your significant other maybe when they are celebrating or marking a special day in their lives. In addition, when recuperating from an illness, they will spark some positive thoughts and joy in them.


Yellow roses
Rose Rise & Shine by United Selections


Seek to understand the cultural and traditional meanings associated with the yellow flowers or the color yellow before gifting them to a loved one. As mentioned earlier, we explored different meanings of yellow roses in Japan, Mexico, and France respectively, and found out that they hold different importance in the three distinctive cultures.

Excessive exposure to yellow flowers can lead to anxiety or irritation towards the same or feelings of impatience. It is prudent to avoid overusing yellow flowers to prevent the trigger of counterproductive emotions or feelings towards yellow flowers.

It is prudent to check such disclaimers to avoid your gift of a yellow and shining bouquet of yellow sunflowers or lilies evoking negative emotions or being regarded in an unintended manner.


Yellow flowers Lily Rodin with Helianthus
Lily Rodin by Bredefleur with yellow sunflowers


If your intention is to trigger the production of dopamine or serotonin hormones, yellow flowers have the undisputable power to perform such mental stimulation to the desired levels. Let your creativity or that of your loved one come to life, amid all the daily struggles and life pressures, shine a light on them, and infuse positive energy in their spaces.

This is not to dispute or write off the effect, personal touch, and sentiments associated with other colors, like red, purple, or white flowers for instance, because all flowers are good for you! However, depending on the occasion and the recipient, choose a befitting color for a bouquet with the goal of what mental activity you would love to achieve.


Yellow flowers
Picture by@Luizclas Pexels


The effect of yellow flowers on our brains can be highly subjective and though the uplifting of moods and a sense of positive energy is more likely to occur, the mental stimulation and subsequent feelings can differ from one person to another.


Header image from @Pixabay Featured image by @Luizclas Pexels.


Can't get enough?

Subscribe to the newsletter, and get bedazzled with awesome flower & plant updates

Sign up