I spent a very eventful and rainy Sunday going through past issues of Martha Stewart and Real Simple. If there's even the slightest chance that I will make that lemon chiffon meringue island floating in a buttermilk creme garnished with lychees I need to rip the recipe out ;)
In addition to many mouthwatering recipes, swoon worthy crafts and to die for gardens I found this little tid-bit in Martha:
Women who were given flowers as part of a 2005 study by researchers at Rutgers University reported elevated moods for up to three days after receiving the bouquets. Those given fruit or candles reported no such change.
Thanks to Sprout here's a link to more information regarding this study:
No surprise about the fruit! Who really gets excited about fruit- unless of course it's Harry and Davids pears, well then watch out because I'll plow you down with my spoon in hand.
Flowers really do know how to perk a person up. I promise you that there is no better way to reward yourself for all that Spring cleaning than placing a beautiful arrangement on your dining room table. A few blooms spread throughout the house have the same effect too! You don't need one big bouquet to reap the benefits of fresh flowers.