8 Tiny Habits That Make You Happier
The old routine: You don't notice your coffee table bouquet is dead until the petals are everywhere.
The new habit: Buy new flowers before the old ones are total goners.
Why you'll be happier: One way to see the world through more rose-colored glasses is to actually see some roses (or any other plant or flower). Women who saw flowers when they woke up said they felt happier and less anxious at home and more energetic at work, found a study led by Harvard Medical School psychologist Nancy Etcoff, PhD. Plants and flowers might serve as a subconscious cue that our environment is safe and prosperous, giving you a more positive outlook for the day as soon as you see them, according to evolutionary psychologists.