Posts Tagged ‘Happiness’

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Random acts of kindness are a wonderful gesture, for both the receiver and the giver. Showing care and compassion for someone, or feeling cared for by someone can turn our day around, and even change our perspective. Can you imagine being able to experience both in one day? That’s just what more than 100,000 people across the country got to do today.

Through an effort called Petal It Forward, florists in more than 400 cities blanketed the streets of their local communities spreading joy to unsuspecting passersby by giving two bouquets to each person – one to keep, and one to give to a friend, family member, colleague, or even a stranger. This nationwide random act of kindness, organized by the Society of American Florists, was designed to help people start their day with more smiles and less stress, illustrating new research from the University of North Florida (UNF) that shows living with flowers reduces stress.

Petal It Forward is the floral industry’s way of giving back. The need for mood-boosting gestures is especially timely, considering these recent stats on stress: 68 percent of Americans experience stress weekly, and 32 percent report feeling stressed daily. Women are even more affected, with 25 percent reporting feeling stress multiple times a day. Through the positive effects of flowers, we wanted to make someone’s day brighter, and provide a much-needed moment of calm amidst the hectic pace of life.

While the findings on stress are new, Petal It Forward has been happening once a year since 2015, thanks to the generosity of flower growers, wholesalers and florists. The original idea behind the ‘keep one, share one’ concept came after looking at statistics that showed while 80 percent of people reported receiving flowers makes them happy, even more (88 percent) said that giving flowers makes them happy. We wanted to give people the chance to experience both.

Giving flowers is a gesture of connection. One that can bring people – even strangers – closer together. That’s exactly what we saw today, through the smiles, hugs, tears, and expressions of affirmation. And isn’t that what random acts of kindness are all about?”

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Last October, the Society of American Florists (SAF) had the privilege of spreading flower power throughout New York City — demonstrating, first hand, the scientifically proven fact that flowers make people happy.  screen-shot-2015-11-09-at-9-29-42-pmIn an effort we called Petal It Forward, we randomly gave out more than 4,000 flower bouquets to people on the street. The best surprise is that everyone got TWO bouquets — one to keep, and one to share with a friend, family member, co-worker, or even a complete stranger. The reactions ranged from smiles and laughter to tears of joy and gratefulness. And as excited as people were to get flowers for themselves, they were even more excited to be able to pass that happiness on.

On October 19, we are planning to Petal It Forward again on the streets of New York City in midtown! The best part? Florists across the country are joining us. Currently, 262 events will take place in 234 cities in all 50 states. That’s a lot of smiles going around during the midweek slump! For a list of cities that are petaling it forward, click here.

Want to share in the fun? Follow the news about the nationwide happenings at #petalitforward. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to see the New York City excitement.

Send someone flowers today. You’ll be amazed at their response!

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Petal It Forward

by Jennifer Sparks on October 9, 2016 at 3:48 pm

The floral industry is ready to Petal It Forward! On October 19, 2016, the Society of American Florists and florists nationwide will randomly surprise people on the street with flowers in more than 230 cities in all 50 states. Lucky recipients will receive two bouquets — one to keep, and one to share with a friend, family member, co-worker, or even a complete stranger. There will be a lot of smiles going around as the country experiences flower power. See below for a list of the events by city and state.

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Resolve to Be Happy, With Flowers

by Carol Caggiano on January 4, 2016 at 9:47 am

MorningWe have sung Auld Lang Syne and 2016 is underway. We are packing away our decorations and making New Year’s resolutions regarding our health and well being. We are going to exercise more, lose weight, eat healthier, quit bad habits, be more generous, be more understanding and, by doing all of that, be happier. We join the gym, skip the middle of the grocery store and only shop the perimeter, and promise to go to church every week. We might even find a buddy who shares our goals to team up with to ensure good results. Our intentions are sincere and we are off and running. Want to know a secret weapon that can help in our quest? Flowers.

You might think, flowers? How can they possibly help? In a research study conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School it was revealed that people feel more compassionate towards others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when fresh flowers are present in the home.  Another behavioral study conducted at Rutger’s University found that nature provides us a simple way to improve emotional health, and that is with flowers. Just having fresh flowers in our living spaces triggers happy emotions, therefore putting us in a better frame of mind to carry on with our other resolutions. Having even small bouquets in the most frequented places in your home can make a big difference. Read More