Fresh flowers are good for the soul.

We spent the morning at the Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) packing bags with food for those in need. This month’s bounty included canned beans, carrots, fruit, bread, hamantaschen, and more. The final item in each bag: a bouquet of fresh flowers.

The first time there were flowers donated, I wondered what they were doing there. They aren’t a necessity like food and water are, so what was the point? And then I realized that is the precise reason why they are the most important part of the bag.

Flowers are a source of beauty and hope.

Flowers (and plants) are proven to make people happier.

Flowers are a source of beauty and hope.

It’s why we’ve always had flowers in our home, no matter how tight the budget became. We simply knew we felt better, and that was worth every penny spent. 

Every time we go to the JRA and help pack, I am always touched by the beautiful flowers that make their way into the bags. I imagine the people smiling when they receive them. Not simply because they received something delicious in a time of need, but because there is a bouquet of joy and color and life.

Everyone deserves to be surrounded by something that brings them joy, regardless of their financial situation.

More about Emily Levenson

Emily Levenson is a therapist turned holistic health coach, podcaster, meditation encourager, and seeker of everyday magic. Emily recently kicked off her third #The100DayProject, focusing her efforts on daily meditation.

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