It is no secret that I adore fresh flowers. I try to pick them up when my budget allows, and whenever I am in Seattle at the Pike Place Market, I always buy a big, glorious bunch.
But sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to buy flowers for someone else. Just as a random, small act of kindness, given purely out of your own kind heart. Is there an elderly neighbor you know who would love a knock on their door and a surprise bundle of pretty flowers? Or someone who does a thankless job for little pay but always has a smile on their face and helps everyone? Or a relative who is going through emotionally rough times?
I'm not talking about spending a lot of money, you can get flowers from the grocery store for about five dollars. It's simply about spreading joy.
My own life is certainly filled with challenges, but it is true that when you take the focus off yourself and place it on to others with the idea of making the world a better place, your own life becomes better.
Will giving someone a bouquet of flowers make a difference in your life? Maybe. But it will certainly make a difference in the life of the person you gave them to.