I am sure many of you have heard the phrase “Pay it Forward”, but what about “Petal it Forward”? Well, it’s based on the same idea but with flowers! The idea is to hand out Free Flowers, more specifically 2 small bouquets or even just a single stem to each person, one for them to keep and the other for them to give away or Petal it Forward, and that is exactly what FiftyFlowers will be doing on Wednesday October 19th, 2016 in Boise, Idaho! But we aren’t the only ones participating in this great event, currently there are more than 235 events planned in 230 cities in 49 states! To see about events happening in your area, click here!
This event was started by SAF, the Society of American Florists, in response to data released by SAF showing the positive emotional benefits of flowers. University research reveals that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and a long-term positive effect on moods. Now, a new survey has found that, when it comes to flowers, it’s just as good to give as it is to receive. With this data in mind, the Petal It Forward team is not only spreading happiness to lucky Boise, and other, residents who receive the flowers, but arming these recipients with the tools they need to Petal it Forward and spread happiness to others: An extra flower bouquet to share with a loved one, coworker or even a stranger.
The following are highlights from SAF’s survey results:
- When it comes to happiness, it’s just as good to give flowers as it is to receive: 88 percent of Americans report that giving flowers makes them feel happy, while 80 percent reported that receiving flowers makes them feel happy.
- Just being around flowers improves your mood: 76 percent of Americans agree that having flowers in their home or office improves their mood.
- The best reason to receive flowers is “just because”: Women (92 percent) are more likely to agree with this, but the majority of men (three in four) also share this sentiment.
- Florists to the rescue! Nearly four in 10 Americans indicate florists have helped them in a past or current relationship; most frequently to say “I love you,” or schedule a surprise delivery.
See www.aboutflowers.com/research for more information on these studies.
So, if you are in the Boise area on Wednesday come say Hi and get some Free Flowers! We will be in the BSU and Downtown areas and will be partnering will other local florists, such as Blooms Flower Studio, Wildflower Florals and Events, Hope Blooms, J. Michaels Flowers along with officers from the Boise Police Department and Ada County Sheriff.
After receiving your flowers, we ask that you spread the happiness by gifting your extra flower bouquet, and sharing your happiness on social media using #petalitforward.