Ways of Showing You Care

There are many different ways of showing how much you care about someone.  Saying how much you care is one thing, but words can also be empty.  Backing up your words with actions, however, shows that you are willing to put your money, time, and resources where your mouth is.

Showing you care, however, doesn’t necessarily mean buying gifts.  Here are some quick and easy ways to show anyone you care about them.  They apply to showing your feelings to your friends, co-workers, spouse, and children.

Spend time with them.  For some, especially the elderly, just sitting and talking is a great gift.  Giving up a few hours of your time, especially in today’s busy world, is often all it takes to show someone you care.

Help them when asked and even when you aren’t asked.  If you know someone is struggling with something, lend a hand.  This can mean taking on a little extra work so a co-worker can handle a major project, or it can mean helping your sister move her heavy furniture into an apartment on the third floor.  Whatever it is, if you know someone is going to need help, step up and offer it before you’re asked.  They will greatly appreciate it and be touched by your gesture.

Support someone in their time of grief.  Losing a loved one, especially a spouse or parent, can be devastating.  If you know someone going through any type of loss (not necessarily the loss of a person, even), help give them the time they need to deal with this loss.  This can mean doing things like mowing their yard or cooking them dinner, or it might mean babysitting or even just listening to them talk about their loss.

Be there during the good times as well as the bad.  This is the best way of showing someone you care about them.  Certainly help them when they need it, but also be there to have fun with them.  For many people, just having someone around to laugh with is a true gift.

Change the Mood with Flowers

Feeling down? Maybe the winter weather has you depressed, or maybe it’s something else. Maybe you want to create a romantic atmosphere but just aren’t certain how. One easy way of changing the mood (of both yourself and your home) is by getting a nice arrangement of flowers.

Flowers can, as many people have pointed out before, change your mood from sad or depressed to happy. Just seeing flowers, being reminded of why they’re there (as in being reminded of who sent them to us), and smelling them can help change our moods. This is more than just superstition, too—scientists have done studies on the connection between people, flowers, and emotions.

However, flowers can change moods in other ways, too. Take a date, for example. Giving her a long stemmed red rose at the start of a date might change her mood from mildly interested to really interested. The reason rose petals are often shown being scattered on the bed in romantic movies is because roses help set a romantic mood.

Daisies can change the mood of anyone in a room by making it seem much brighter and cheerier. These and other bright flowers can change the mood and atmosphere of an entire room. Likewise, adding flowers to a guest bedroom can make it seem more inviting and welcoming to those who are staying overnight.

Next time you want to change the mood of a room or even of your entire house, don’t forget to involve flowers in your plans. They can work with colors and other decorations to greatly enhance the mood of any area.