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Chase Away Winter Blues with
Party Resource Guide
Chase Away Those Winter Blues
and Morning Blahs with Flowers
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
||(ARA) - The change
from daylight-saving time to standard time is nearly
upon us, which means fewer daylight hours, with the
reduced amount of light during the winter months
cited as a contributing factor for depressed moods.
For those who already experience morning blahs, the
joy and cheer of the holiday season can be tough to
muster. But rather than hide under a blanket until
spring, there's an easy way to boost spirits and
decorate for the holidays at the same time.
"The morning blahs, it
turns out, is a real phenomenon, with positive moods
-- happiness, friendliness and warmth, for example
-- manifesting much later in the day," says lead
researcher Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D. "Interestingly, when
we placed a small bouquet of flowers into their
morning routines, people perked up."
Participants of a behavioral
study conducted by researchers at Harvard University Medical
School and Massachusetts General Hospital confirmed they
feel least positive in the early hours but reported being
happier and more energetic after looking at flowers first
thing in the morning.
"What I find interesting is that by starting the day in a
more positive mood, you are likely to transfer those happier
feelings to others -- it's what is called mood contagion,"
says Etcoff. "And, the kitchen is the place where families
tend to gather in the morning -- imagine how big a
difference a better morning mood can make."
According to Jill Slater, designer for
flowerpossibilities.com, adding flowers throughout the home
this season is simple. She suggests placing flowers in areas
of the home such as the kitchen where they can be enjoyed by
everyone first thing in the morning and all day long.
Kitchen Spice Flower
||Here is a simple
recipe by Jill Slater for creating a unique holiday
bouquet to ease away the morning blahs and bring in
* Filled spice jars and rack
* 2 stems of each of the following: red gerbera
daisies, red roses and red standard carnations
* Floral clippers and flower food/preservative
1. Empty eight of the spice jars.
2. Fill the jars with water that has been treated with
flower food/preservative and place them randomly in the
3. Cut the flowers to the height of the jars -- the flower
bloom should sit on the rim of the jar -- insert flowers
4. Keep jars filled with water, adding water/flower food
solution as needed.
For more information visit www.FlowerPossibilities.com.
Courtesy of ARAcontent