According to an April 2005 Rutgers University study, flowers bring about positive, happy emotions and a general sense of well-being about life. These feelings extend beyond what most people normally deem as an acceptable reaction to the presence of flowers. Study participants reported feeling "excited" upon receiving a delivery of fresh flowers, and had displays of immense satisfaction. The study also reported that among study participants, flower recipients had an increased number of intimate connections with family members and friends. It concluded that flowers enhance an individual's emotional well-being and spurs an increase in happiness.