There is so much we can do for a friend when he/she is feeling upset or stressed up. If you want to see a quick mood lift, buy your friend (probably works better on females) a bunch of flowers.
I read this tip on Shape Singapore (October 2007 issue) that women who received flowers were found to feel a quick mood lift. And within a week, they reported feeling more compassionate and kind, less sad and anxious, and more ethusiastic and energetic. Most importantly, it melts away depression.
This study is conducted by The Havard Medical School researchers which highlighted that humans are attracted to aspects of nature. In addition, flowers have the effect of beauty – it inspires and pleases.
An article on Flower frangances bring brighter moods also supports that fresh flowers have significant health benefits. There is even a podcast on how to make use of flowers arrangements within your home to change the mood of your home!
This little tip meant a lot to me, it is almost like a “call for action” to me. Of late, school work has been overly stressful for many of my friends. I shall surprise them with flowers to lift up their mood because I would love to see them smile. 🙂
On a separate note, my prolonged coughing has worried my dear friend, Zee. Today, she surprised me with a bottle of chinese medicated drink that would help cure my cough. I am totally touched by her kind gesture, it was extremely sweet of her. Thanks Zee. 🙂
I saw the instant mood lifting effects when I present the flowers to my friend. Check it out in my review post on Flowers lift your mood – review.