How do you cure it?
The answer just might be a big bouquet of flowers, according to an e-mail that landed in my mailbox this week. The e-mail’s author cited a Harvard University study that allegedly confirmed that people reported being happier and more energetic after looking at flowers first thing in the morning.
“The morning blahs, it turns out, is a real phenomenon, with positive moods – happiness, friendliness and warmth, for example – manifesting much later in the day,” says lead researcher Nancy Etcoff. “Interestingly, when we placed a small bouquet of flowers into their morning routines, people perked up.”
OK, I guess that works for some people.
For my dad back in the day, it was always that first cigarette and cup of coffee that did the trick.
For me, it’s that first episode of SpongeBob that airs on the cable channel at 7 a.m.
Nowhere in this floral mood-brightening e-mail does it say that the study was sponsored by a big national flower association, but I have my suspicions.
Anyway, maybe the photograph above, provided by the About Flowers Web site – www.aboutflowers.com — will brighten your day and chase away the “Mondays.”