Happiness: The Power of Flowers
As you may remember, we started a new feature this month. Each and every month, we will be picking a color of the month and a word of the month. For September, our color of the month is yellow, and our word of the month is happiness. They go together quite well, don’t they?
Well, as I thought about tangible ways in which I could bring more happiness into my life this month, flowers were the first thing that popped into my head! Who doesn’t love fresh flowers? Whether a lavish arrangement or simple stems in a vase, flowers have the power to automatically lift our moods! The colors, the fragrances, the natural beauty — each of these elements individually and collectively up our happiness factor.
In fact, I’ve been recently impressed by a close friend of mine. Each time I go to her house, she has a vase of fresh flowers in every room of her house downstairs. This isn’t something that she does only for special occasions when she is having house guests. Rather, it’s a weekly treat for herself. And before you object that flowers are expensive, I’ll quote her funny quip: “I figured that spending $100 on flowers each month is way less expensive than therapy!” We can all laugh at that and simultaneously appreciate the bit of truth in it.
When I buy flowers, however, they never seem to look quite so cheerful. Some people have that natural knack for floral arrangement, but mine look a little awkward and sad sometimes. So, in the spirit of embracing happiness, in the spirit of welcoming happiness into my home, and in the spirit of learning a new skill, I asked my friend and local florist Layla from Joy Box Flowers to help me.
Now, certainly, I wish I could afford her professionally arranged beautiful florals each and every week. But alas that’s not in the budget. However, she (being self-taught) was more than willing to share her tips and tricks for creating a gorgeous, luxurious floral arrangement at home!
So, we went to the grocery store (HEB’s Central Market is my local favorite!), selected our flowers, and then went back to my house to arrange them. And the best news of all? You can do this for $50 or less! Keep reading…