Live Like a Flower: Live Colorfully

Each of us is like a flower: unique, beautiful and the source of a smile. Show the world what variety you are with these tips from design psychology expert and author of Do I Look Skinny in this House?, Kelli Ellis. She shares advice on how to live like a flower

  1. Live Like a Flower: Live Colorfully1. Shake it up. Do something unpredictable. Skydive, take ballroom dancing lessons, drive a race car, learn how to sail, paint the living room a wild color, hang flowers from the chandelier… try something completely new and you’ll feel new!
  2. Make it simple. Keep the people that make your life better on speed dial; your hair stylist, your florist, your dog walker, your baby sitter. Call on the pros and trust them to make your life simple and sweet.
  3. Good morning sunshine. Start and end your day in a color that makes your heart smile, one that creates a key to your haven. Choose a bedding color that you love, and wrap yourself in a smile every day. On your nightstand, fill a vase with flowers in your favorite color. A Harvard study shows that while people tend to feel least positive in the early hours, they reported feeling happier and more energetic after looking at flowers first thing in the morning.
  4. Ignore your “normal.” To brighten your day, get bold. Instead of the usual black tights, try colored leggings in your favorite color. Swap out the typical black boots for vibrant pumps. Find a new style one piece at a time.
  5. Make a statement. Share the things you love with the world. Create your own signature brand by choosing a favorite flower and always have them on your desk, or be known for your cool hairstyles and hair accessories. Do both and pin your favorite flower in your hair.
  6. Spread Smiles. Show your thoughtful and creative side by giving your work mates flowers that you think represents them. Flowers make the boss smile too! According to a Texas A&M study, productivity, innovation and creative problem solving improve when flowers and plants are in the workplace.

This is part of the Live Like A Flower series.

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Live Like a Flower – Be Grateful for Rain

A prioritized life prepares you to live like a flower – nimbly and gracefully in all kinds of weather and refreshed by the rain. Follow this advice from change agent and author of Restoring Order, Vicki Norris, to be grateful for rain.

  1. LIVE LIKE A FLOWER: Be Grateful for RainReceive the rain. Look at life’s circumstances–not as inconveniences or intrusions–but as enrichment to your soil. Even the tough stuff can bring growth, and even beauty, to your life. Determine to always become better, not bitter.
  2. Refine your transitions. Make your transitions stress-free: give attention to your going-and-coming spaces. Set up a mudroom or hallway where coats, boots, gloves, keys and sunglasses can be easily placed for grab-and-go ease, and welcoming and orderly returns. Display flowers and plants in the area to greet you and help keep clutter at bay.
  3. Reconsider your remnants. Pause to enjoy (and even photograph) the overlooked, dirty, or disruptive things, instead of perceiving a nuisance. Snap a mental or actual picture of the muddy boots by the front door, the dishes piled up, the toys lurking under the couch. Remember that these are actually evidence of what we DO have – the beautiful blessings of today.
  4. Refuse the daily grind. Infuse your busy life with little pleasures that invite you to breathe in the sweet joys that no circumstance can steal. Take the doors off your kitchen cabinets so you can behold your pretty dishes, add a small vase of flowers in the kitchen or laundry room, tuck love notes inside your spouse’s pocket.
  5. Reclaim your priorities. Prioritize your life around that which matters most. Resolve to live with no regrets by putting first the relationships and moments that count. And, like a flower, you will be happier living when the rain comes; you will have the roots and support system to weather the storm and rebound resiliently.

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Live Like a Flower


Live like a Flower



LIVE LIKE A FLOWER Just like women, flowers come in every shape and color, flourish in bunches and with love and care, they transform from buds to blossoms.

Because there are many life lessons we can gather from beautiful, resilient flowers as they grow from seedling to stem, the Society of American Florists and created Live Like a Flower, a series of pieces of advice from well-known experts in life and happiness. Through the easy-to-follow advice of authors, speakers, designers and more, we can learn to bloom like a flower and live life to its fullest and most rewarding.

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Do you suffer from the morning blahs?

According to Dr. Etcoff’s research, keeping a bunch of flowers next to your alarm clock or by your coffeemaker can be a perfect pick me up . “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,” Dr. Etcoff says. “Interestingly, when we placed a small bouquet of flowers into their morning routines, people perked up.”

While research shows flowers are good for you, the best part of flowers is they’re fun! They come in so many beautiful colors, shapes and styles. Like fashion, you can use flowers to express your individuality. Flowers in different combinations can be classic, contemporary, playful, bold – even sensuous.

So, whether you want to share a bunch of happy, say, “I’m sorry,” “thank you,” or “I care,” flowers can do it. They touch your senses of sight, smell, touch – and that, when combined with a personal note, is unbeatable at sending a powerful message.

Beyond the message, giving flowers says something about you, too. Research shows people who give flowers are perceived as thoughtful and sophisticated. Who doesn’t want that?

We dare you to conduct your own scientific experiment to test the power of flowers for yourself. Here’s an easy way: Stop by the next florist shop you pass and pick up a bunch of flowers to go. Walk down the street, and watch and see just how many people smile at you, look in your direction or even start a conversation. Just because.

That’s why flowers.

Why Flowers?

Do you remember the last time someone gave you flowers? What about the last time you gave flowers? Chances are, that memory is vivid. And there’s a reason why: Flowers come wrapped in emotion.

Since the dawn of time, people have intuitively known the power flowers have on feelings. Only recently our intuition was proven right. Researchers at Harvard, Rutgers and Texas A&M universities have conducted studies proving flowers make people happy, spark creativity and decrease anxiety.

Research conducted by psychologist Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., of Rutgers University proves the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed. “Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” says Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.” Her research also shows flowers make intimate connections, even inspiring increased social activity among seniors in addition to easing depression.

Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, also conducted a behavioral research study about flowers. Her research reveals people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when flowers are present in the home.  “As a psychologist, I’m particularly intrigued to find that people who live with flowers report fewer episodes of anxiety and depressed feelings,” Dr. Etcoff says.

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Hutcheon’s Flowers is honored with Teleflora Top 2000 Florist Award

Abington Aug. 3, 2016 – Hutcheon’s Flower Co. was recently recognized by Teleflora, the world’s leading floral delivery service that works hand-in-hand with local florist to provide artistically arranged and hand-delivered floral arrangements, as a TOP 2000 florist for the year of 2015.  Hutcheon’s was also recognized as a TOP 1000 – TOP 2000 florist from 2011-2014.

Teleflora has approx. 11,000 member florist throughout the U.S. and Canada and this prominent award recognizes Hutcheon’s Flower Co. as being in the top 1% of all U.S. floral shops sending orders throughout the Teleflora network.  This coveted award illustrates this enterprising florist’s hard work and commitment to the floral industry.


Hutcheon’s Flower Co. has been an important family owned small business and member of the community for over 45 years and is located at 84 Hancock St. Abington, MA.  consumers can place all their flower orders for same-day delivery to anyone worldwide by contacting Hutcheon’s Flower co. at (781( 878-2909.

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