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Arrangements in pastel shades and the softest yellows, peaches, warm pinks, creamy whites and subtle greens make us feel safe, snug and loved. Consider a nurturing floral arrangement for a new mother, a sick friend or a grieving loved one – anyone who would benefit from a caring, loving embrace. See five emotional color palettes and the flowers that bring them to life.

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Gratitude Floral Designs

A low, clustered floral arrangement in all shades of pink symbolizes opening the heart and making others more receptive to you. Start and end the day counting your blessings, by placing this floral design of gratitude on a nightstand, dresser or in the kitchen.

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LIVE LIKE A FLOWER: Pollinate PDF Print E-mail

Positive energy is positively contagious. Live like a flower and pollinate by transmitting your optimism, kindness and love to change a person's day or quite possibly their life. Jayme Barrett, an authority on inspired living and author of Feng Shui Your Life, shares her results-oriented ways to transform the lives of others by sharing positive energy.

  1. LIVE LIKE A FLOWER: PollinateRadiate joy & happiness. Start every day in a good mood, and let your happiness uplift others. Make someone laugh with a funny joke, or share a hilarious memory on Facebook. Smile. Wear clothing with a positive message. If you need a jump start in the morning, think flowers. Research from Harvard shows looking at flowers first thing in the morning makes you feel less anxious, more compassionate and more energetic throughout the day.
  2. Celebrate & acknowledge people. Make an effort to praise and compliment friends, family and co-workers. When you celebrate someone's accomplishment or efforts, large or small, it can make their day and give them confidence to continue on. Taking special notice of unique qualities, hard work and time spent is a gift and a blessing. Marking those special times with flowers will keep you in their memories forever. 
  3. Share your creative spark & business smarts. Share your business know-how with a newbie. Being a casual mentor can transform a person's life. Brainstorm fresh ideas, offer to make an introduction, read a proposal or send them your resources. It doesn't need to take a lot of your time but it can help launch them towards the realization of their dreams. 
  4. Listen with undivided attention. In these days of smart phones and tablets, interruptions and distractions are rampant. Giving someone your complete attention is a gift. Put your phone on silent, turn off the television, walk away from the computer, and listen with your heart. Sharing your attention will make them feel number one, and you'll feel connected in a meaningful way.
  5. Pay it forward. A magical way of spreading positive energy is to do something unexpected for a stranger. Offer to run an errand, bring an elderly person to a doctor, or let a stranger go in front of you in line. Bring flowers to a neighbor, or offer to babysit for a couple hours. Kind acts help others and give you a sense of purpose. We feel more deserving of happiness when we have given it ourselves.
  6. Give your love freely. Love is the nectar of life. It sustains us. Love your partner, family and children with all of your heart. Show your deep affection with daily positive words and actions. Say "I love you," give big bear hugs, surprise them with flowers, spend quality time, do the dishes, and honor their passions.

This is part of the Live Like A Flower series.

Read Jayme Barrett's blog post on Pollinate.

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Hydrangea = Perseverance


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Aboutflowers.com is the information resource on flowers, florists, plants and gifts.

Aboutflowers.com features photos and images of flowers, floral arrangements, bouquets, floral designs and plants, as well as tips on flower and plant care, a comprehensive list of flower meanings, the latest flower holiday statistics and numbers, flower design trends, sample card messages, flower gift-buying advice and a directory of local florists.

Aboutflowers.com offers flower gift and decorating and entertaining ideas for all occasions, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, Secretaries Week and Administrative Professionals Week. Brides-to-be will find tips for wedding flowers, including bridal bouquets, ceremony and reception flowers and advice for working with a wedding florist. Sympathy flowers help comfort a relative, friend or associate who has lost a loved one. Aboutflowers.com also features get-well flowers, prom flowers, and tips for ordering flowers and sending flowers to a man, and ideas for flowers for every room of your home.

Florists have always known that flowers make people happy, and now scientific research proves flower power. Aboutflowers.com highlights university research proving the emotional and behavioral benefits of flowers and plants. Rutgers research shows that the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed. Another Rutgers study demonstrates that flowers ease depression, inspire social networking and refresh memory as we age. A Harvard study reveals 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. And a Texas A&M study demonstrates that workers' idea generation, creative performance and problem-solving skills improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.

Aboutflowers.com is hosted by the Society of American Florists, the U.S. floral industry trade association.

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