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Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up like the folks in hotel commercials do? You know: Smiling, arms outstretched, soaking up the sunlight peeking through the blinds. Sadly, if you’re like most Americans, your morning is more “rise and whine” than “rise and shine.”
But get this: It’s actually possible to banish that potent mix of first-light grogginess and irritability once and for all. All you have to do is put some flowers on your nightstand. Yes, that’s right: A simple bouquet can help kick start your day.
The Society of American Florists, in conjunction with Nancy Etcoff, an assistant clinical professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, conducted a six-month study into how keeping flowers in the home can affect your mood. According to their findings, within a week, “feelings of compassion for others” skyrocketed. Plus, their research indicated that keeping flowers around the house can be a serious mood-booster for the rest of your day, even to the point of mitigating workday malaise.
But the clincher is this: Keeping floral arrangements around can minimize feelings of anxiety and stress, two major sleep inhibitors — and likewise two things that are contributing to grouchy mornings. (No surprise here: Getting a good night’s sleep is step number one for an easy wake-up. For tricks on getting a better sleep, check out these 65 tips for your best sleep ever.)
“They reported wanting to see the blooms first thing in the morning,” wrote Etcoff. Per their findings, these mood-boosting perks start taking effect within a few days.
Of course, waking up to a romantic floral arrangement isn’t going to magically keep you in a good mood forever. You have to be at least a little proactive. Spend time with your pet (being around animals can boost your oxytocin). Chow down on citrus (the vitamin C can boost your mood). Or try out any of these 70 genius hacks for being happy. Rise and shine.