SAFWD_CelebrateHer_v3Flowers are given to celebrate achievements of all sizes, from celebrating a birthday to achieving a personal goal – such as buying a new home or getting a promotion. Commemorating meaningful moments is a thoughtful way of sending thanks, encouragement and recognition. International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8, is a contemporary way to honor the milestones of the women in your life. Women’s Day pays homage to the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world.

According to a recent survey, in the past year, 40 percent of U.S. women have achieved a personal milestone, including overcoming a health issue, learning a new life skill or having a child. Think about your friends, family members, co-workers, or mentors and the many things they have achieved for success or overcome through strength. Wouldn’t it be great to recognize them? Think about the people you know who are intentional about helping others. What is the best way to thank them?

As the people important to you celebrate accomplishments of all sizes, consider that flowers are the one gift that Rutgers University research says makes people truly smile. They create instant delight and increase life satisfaction and enjoyment. In fact, recent study findings show that 81 percent of women say receiving flowers makes them feel special, and 65 percent say flowers have a special meaning unlike any other gift. Why? Because a gift of flowers is memorable: 77 percent of women can remember the last time they got flowers. So on March 8, when you give flowers out of respect, appreciation or love, keep these tips in mind:

SAFWD_HonorHer_v3Talk to your florist. Professional florists are experts in helping people express their feelings, so consult with your local florist to send the right gift to make a memorable impact on the recipient. Let them know if you have preferences for specific flowers or colors, but be open to creative suggestions you may not have thought of.

Consider her achievement. While you may not know exactly what you want, think about whether the occasion would warrant a more formal arrangement or a more casual, whimsical style. Is she likely to prefer more traditional or trendy flower designs?

Describe her personality. Convey her favorite hobbies or colors and other personal details so your florist can match the floral arrangement with the recipient’s tastes.

Describe where the arrangement will be placed. Your florist can create an arrangement that complements the style and colors of a home, office or other space. This information can also help your florist determine the appropriate size of the arrangement and may influence the best type of flowers to celebrate the accomplishment.

While any day is a great time to honor a special woman for making a difference in your life, Women’s Day provides an opportunity to pause and make a conscious effort to thank them. Try it — the small gesture will make a big impact and surely be remembered.

What woman do you know who deserves to be honored?