My daughter loves being outdoors. While I’m making dinner she will often sneak into her Daddy’s home office and skilfully convince my husband to take her to the park or for a ‘short’ walk around the block. He’ll usually stops whatever he is doing to oblige her. Sometimes I get a little annoyed that dinner has to wait for them long enough to get cold but I know that these little impromptu outdoor adventures fill them both with so much joy. What’s also sweet is that upon their return, my daughter always bursts into to the house with a happy grin and an announcement that she has a gift for me.
With great excitement she demands that I close my eyes and then she shoves a handful of dandelions, hand picked flowers or leaves under my nose. Of course even though it happens time and time again, I’m always blown away by her thoughtfulness and I give her an enormous hug and kiss.
I feel good receiving my daughter’s sweet gift of flowers and I of course think that we’ve got the sweetest kid on the block. As it turns out, I’m not gloating. There is actual research to support the notion that flower givers make the best impression!!
A Rutgers University study sought out to determine how people perceive others based on the types of gifts they give. Guess what? Flower-givers rose to the top! The research revealed that the floral gift-giver is regarded as caring, trustworthy, loving, successful and valuing achievement and beauty in life. Flower- givers were also considered to be more likeable, friendly and emotionally intelligent.
We all know that receiving flowers makes us feel happy. And when I see the look of my daughter’s face, I also know that she feels pretty darn awesome giving me her flower gift! We adults could learn a little something from my daughter as well as from the files of scientific research…next time you need a gift for a special someone to celebrate an occasion or for no occasion at all, give fresh flowers. Research proves that flower-givers make a great impression! In fact, giving flowers makes everyone feel great!