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say it with flowers credit lettercult Life is full of special occasions. For centuries, flowers have been used to express sentiments like love and sympathy.

It’s the same today. Flowers are a special way to say “I’m thinking about you.” or “I hope you get better soon!” or “Congratulations on your new baby boy!”

Why is this? Back in 2005, a study was done about the emotional impact that flowers have on people.

A team of researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a 10-month study of participants’ behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.

  1. Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.
  2. Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically, study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.
  3. Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.” (http://www.aboutflowers.com/images/stories/HealthBenefits/ep03104132.pdf)

So don’t just say it. Say it with flowers!

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New Year’s

I don’t know about you, but when I think of New Year’s Eve, I usually think fireworks. But it’s kind of hard to incorporate fireworks into your New Year’s Eve and New Year’s celebrations. That’s what the T.V. is for, right?

There are some cool and festive things you can do with (you guessed it) flowers! Doing a little research online will bring you to some pretty cool information about the meanings behind some of the traditions of “New Year’s” flowers. Below is our favorite example.

Pine, Bamboo, and Plum

Since 960 BC, the Japanese have called these three plants The Three Friends of Winter. When everything else is dormant, Pine and Bamboo remain green, and Plum is the first to bloom at the end of winter. Thus, these three plants have become a New Year’s symbol for fortitude and uprightness in adverse conditions.

Each individual plant also has its own meanings. Pine alone stands for nobility and venerability. Bamboo symbolizes humility and fidelity. The plum is emblematic of perseverance and purity. Here’s a lovely example of an arrangement with pine and bamboo.

pine and bamboo

New Year’s celebrations are a symbol of looking forward to what the New Year will bring. It is a time for reflection, fun, and celebration that we have yet another year before us full of good things.

So this year, forget the fireworks and go with something perhaps a little more meaningful!

Happy New Year!


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