health benefits of flowersGet ready!!:) This weeks baby step for better health and happiness is treating yourself (and someone in your life) to a lot of JOY with Fresh Flowers.

The research is in and Flowers uplift our mood, increase creativity, create a calm and relaxing environment, and increase smiles!:)

A behavioral research study conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, revealed that people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when fresh cut flowers are present in the home.

In this weeks baby step for better health, I share 3 reasons why fresh flowers in our work or living space are good for our mental health.

5 Tips For Making Your Fresh Flowers Last Longer

Remove all excess leaves and stems that will be underwater when placed in your vase. Cut the ends at a 45 degree angle with a sharp non-serrated knife and place in water as soon as possible.

Use cold water, as placing flowers in lukewarm water can dehydrate them.

Re-cut the ends of the stems every few days. Change out the water at least every other day.

Add 2 tablespoons white sugar and 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar as food for the flowers to refresh every few days.

Avoid direct sunlight, heat and fans.