"Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity" -John Ruskin
Are you part of a garden or craft club? Make floral arrangements for a senior center, nursing home or hospital. You don't have to know someone to bring them flowers, beautiful flowers will brighten anyone's day!
Flowers, especially brightly colored ones, bring happiness with them wherever they go. A little bit of color goes a long way to brighten an impersonal hospital room or a cluttered desk. Few things make people feel more welcome than a beautiful arrangement on a table in a sitting room.
If you have the resources, make it a weekly habit! Bring a floral arrangement to the same place each week. If you want to bring it to a hospital, make sure it goes to a new patient (or even the hospital staff!) each week. Or you could switch it up each week: one week bring flowers to a local retirement home and another week bring the flowers to a neighbor or friend going through a hard time. You will be greeted with smiles no matter where you bring them! Do be sure to check with the hospital or other location first to see if they accept live flowers; you may need to switch to silk flowers per their request.
If you don't have the resources to make your own bouquet or to purchase flowers yourself, just be aware of those around you. There may be a day (birthday or anniversary) where you receive multiple bouquets of flowers. Rather than keeping them all for yourself, why not give some away? Or if you receive flowers during a stay in the hospital, share them with the other patients on your hall. It is easy to be generous with flowers without even purchasing them yourself. Simply share what you've got!
Some cheap ideas for beautiful bouquets!
Watch this video on putting together a bouquet yourself.