Want to elevate your self-care routine? Buy some fresh flowers, or cut a bouquet from your own garden. Multiple studies have shown that flowers have an immediate positive impact on happiness, boosting your mood for days. (Yes, days!). And tons of other research has shown that being around plants and nature, whether tending your garden or enjoying a walk around the neighborhood, is good for you physically and mentally.
Something that doesn’t give you feel-good vibes? Bringing home a gorgeous bouquet of flowers only to have the blooms wilt as soon as you trim them. Happily, many different types of cut flowers are long-lasting, with some that will look fresh for a week or more in a vase. Plus, many are super easy to grow, so you can enjoy them in your own garden or in pots on a patio, deck or balcony. And even if you treat yourself to a bouquet from the grocery store regularly, isn’t your mental health worth a few bucks a week?