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Things He Should Know: Just Because





Does your husband or boyfriend only bring you flowers or little gifts when he's in the doghouse? Do those gifts leave you a little cold because they're a means to an end? While flowers with apologies are fine, I feel reminded of the issue every time I look at them!

And we experience overwhelming feelings of appreciation, love or respect for our significant other all the time, so why do we wait for a holiday or birthday to show them how we feel? The surprise of a "just because" gift always feels wildly thoughtful and special.

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I hope I'm not telling you anything you don't already know, but most women love flowers. Eighty percent of people agree that a gift of flowers changes their mood for the better and, according to recent studies at the State University of New Jersey in Rutgers, flowers make you feel more satisfied with your overall life and help relieve mild depression. Sometimes it really is the little things that make a difference.

Fellas, think about sending flowers to your lady at work. Again, over 80% of people report real pleasure at receiving flowers unexpectedly. Besides, there's nothing like co-workers asking her about the occasion only to discover you sent them without one.

Spring is the perfect time to buy flowers. In case you need a little help choosing, here are a few tips:

  • Roses reign as the universal flower of love and a symbol of romance. Fellas, don't include the baby's breath. Just roses, just because, will do!
  • Gerber daisies make a nice choice, too. They're cheerful and bright, and symbolize beauty or innocence. Ask the florist to add the plastic tubes, as the stems do tend to bend.
  • For the Victorians, tulips represented perfect love. Today, we love their colors, streaks and ruffled petals. You can't go wrong with this elegant flower, but ask that the stems be cut short so there's not too much drooping.

It really does feel very special, fellas, receiving a gift for no special reason or for dozens of little, ordinary ones.

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