May 2011: Pamper Thyself

Flowers

May 8th is Mother’s Day and while there are so many wonderful ways to celebrate the lovely lady, consider the timeless joy of flowers. A Rutgers Study showed the positive effects flowers have on mood, fostering a sense of intimacy and friendship between the giver and the recipient. What’s surprising is that these positive, uplifting effects work equally well on men as they do on women. This study also showed that flowers elicited a better response than any other presented stimuli, meaning that the gift of a flower makes everyone smile more than other precious gifts.

NLT: Can’t decide on the perfect bouquet for mom? Why not take her to a botanical garden for a walk in a field of flowers? You can enjoy the beauty and benefit from walking. From Hawaii to Maine, every state in the country has a botanical garden. Check out this website to search for a public garden near you, and make this her best Mother’s Day yet.

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