The Perfect Excuse to Buy Fresh Flowers
We can all agree that having fresh flowers all around the house would be a treat. They smell great and look beautiful, but as much as we love a good bouquet of flowers, the expense sometimes seems unjustifiable. Why purchase something that will die within a week or two? Even knowing that, we still find ourselves walking by the flower section in our grocery stores, eyeing the brightly colored blooms and having a small internal battle with whether or not we should get them. After doing a bit of research on the health benefits of fresh flowers, we’ve decided that they might just be worth the splurge!
A recent study done by Rutdgers University revealed that displaying fresh flowers and other plants can actually improve your general well-being. They’re associated with positive energy and can increase happiness, reduce depression and anxiety. Pretty powerful, right? Even smelling fresh flowers can instantly turn your mood!
So why is it that we shy away from purchasing them? If you’re like us, sometimes it’s hard to spend extra money on yourself. Sometimes it feels silly to buy flowers for yourself, rather than waiting for someone else to send them, but we think investing in your own happiness is pretty important, and if it’s in your budget, why not?
Everyone has their own favorite blooms, but did you know that specific colors and shapes can also affect your mood? Less saturated colors and softer shaped flowers will generally make you feel more relaxed, while bright colored flowers with sharper angles will energize you.
To stay within budget, look for flowers that are in season and check to see if your grocery store is having any specials that week. Flowers that are local and in season will be less expensive because they didn’t travel halfway around the world to get to you. At our local store, the local, in-season flower is often marked as the special and is usuaully available for just $6/bunch — that’s about two drinks at a coffee shop and flowers will last a lot longer than your caffeine hit.
To get the most out of your flowers, display them in places where you spend the most time. The kitchen and living room are great spots since that’s where people tend to gather and relax at the end of the day. The nightstand is also a great spot since because your flowers be the first thing you see when you wake up. We like the idea of putting them on our desk for a nice calming addition to a hectic work schedule, plus a Texas A&M study discovered that flowers can improve your problem-solving skills and increase your creativity, so even your boss will be happy!
If you’ve considered buying fresh blooms for yourself, but decided not to, we urge you to try it and see how it makes you feel. We think it’s empowering to take control of your happiness and in this case, gorgeous too!