Give A Flower, Get A Smile

 In a society that feels more isolated and lost than ever before, we relentlessly continue to stuff ourselves with junk food – materialism.

Hoping that buying things will make us happy. They never do.

Give A Flower, Get A Smile

Think about how different our world would be if more of us focused on the stuff that matters.

Like Nature, Connection, Generosity, and Kindness.

What nutrition for our souls this would be.

I Have An Idea

I have a concept that I think could help us do just that.

It’s simple.

GIVE A FLOWER to a stranger that you pass on the street.

My daughter came up with a terrific phrase that I love – GIVE A FLOWER, GET A SMILE.

It’s a small act of kindness that elicits a smile and feeling of pure delight for the receiver – and yourself.

Over the past 10 years, a plethora of research has shown that flowers increase the levels of positive energy and moods, reduce the likelihood of stress-related depression, and help people feel secure, relaxed, optimistic, and happy.

I’ve been testing this idea on the streets of Tel Aviv for the past 2 months. The response has been one of surprise, lots of smiles, open hearts, joy – and connection. The video above will give you a taste of my experience.

I Need Your Help

It’s time to test market GIVE A FLOWER, GET A SMILE in cities and towns throughout the world.

Will you be a beta marketer for  GIVE A FLOWER, GET A SMILE?

This is what you need to do.

Buy 5 flowers and give them to strangers.

If you tend to be a bit timid,  walk over to the person and say ‘I’d like to give you a free flower.’

If they ask why, say something like “I decided that it was important to slow down, connect with individuals I don’t know – and I can’t think of a better way of connecting when we pass each other on the street then giving you a flower.”

So far, the majority of the responses have been heartwarming. This morning, one woman said that I had touched her heart. Tears were streaming down her face.

If someone passes you by, says ‘no’, shakes their head ‘no’, or looks at you like your crazy, don’t worry. It can happen. If you think of yourself as a sociologist or anthropologist studying human behavior, it can actually be a lot of fun!

Will you help me?

I would appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.

Different Ways of Participating In GIVE A FLOWER, GET A SMILE

I believe that by participating in this one act of kindness, of giving a flower to a stranger, you are making a significant impact on an individual’s soul and the spirit of the universe.

You are helping to make the world a more connected, loving, caring, and joyful place.

And isn’t that what we all want?

With gratitude and love –Fran

 

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About Fran

Fran’s book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, now considered a classic, was groundbreaking when published as no one had written about gardening in the context of creativity, spirituality, and transformation.

In addition to being a recognized garden expert and deep ecologist, Fran is also a broadcaster, journalist, Ordained Interfaith Minister, and Soul Tender. All of her work is based on her deep belief that our need to connect to the earth is an inherent trait – and that by doing so, we heal and experience more joy in our lives.

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24 Responses to Give A Flower, Get A Smile

  1. Wendy Krueger February 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    What a great idea and cute video. Heading over to the FB page.

    • Fran February 3, 2014 at 5:34 am #

      Wendy – Am glad you enjoyed! Would love for you to get involved with the campaign. Fran

  2. Karen Jolly February 3, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

    LOVE this idea Fran! I’m sharing it now and will get some flowers this week to share with others. What a tremendous way to let nature connect us. Who can’t smile when given a flower? :)

    Thank you!
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    • Fran February 4, 2014 at 4:26 am #

      Dear Karen -
      Thanks so much for your kind words and for getting involved by actually giving away flowers. You are right. In the short time I’ve been handing flowers out, to watch and blank/mindless/even sad face transform into a smiling one is magical. Please video or take photos of your interactions. With gratitude – Fran

  3. Suzie Cheel February 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    Wonderful idea Fran I love it, what a kind thoughtful daughter you have and i can see this bringing smiles around the world Thank YOu
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    • Fran February 4, 2014 at 4:19 am #

      Dear Suzie-
      Yes – I have a phenomenal daughter who is totally supportive in all that I do. Thanks for your supportive words.

  4. Elle February 3, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    Beautiful Fran, you certainly put a smile on my face today.
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    • Fran February 4, 2014 at 4:21 am #

      Elle – Thanks sweet lady. You have a beautiful smile that brings love to the world.

  5. Cathy Taughinbaugh February 3, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    Wonderful idea, Fran! I will definitely support your cause! Flowers can warm the soul!
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    • Fran February 4, 2014 at 4:17 am #

      Dear Cathy –
      Flowers are extremely powerful tool. Tons of research has been done on the effect they have on our mood. But we intuitively already know that. Thanks so much for supporting this germinating community :) Fran

  6. Sue Kearney (@MagnoliasWest) February 3, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    I love this, and just scheduled an afternoon of giving flowers, and getting smiles, for 2/14, Valentine’s Day.

    You inpsired me! Thank you.

    xoxox
    Sue
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    • Fran February 4, 2014 at 4:15 am #

      Sue Kearney -
      You are brilliant for thinking of doing it on Valentine’s Day. Please send in a video – even a lousy one – and/or photos of you with the individuals to whom you give flowers. With gratitude – Fran

  7. Alex Blackwell February 4, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    What a great idea! Sharing the kindness Fran: http://www.thebridgemaker.com/give-a-flower-get-a-smile/
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    • Fran February 5, 2014 at 5:21 am #

      Thanks so much Alex!

  8. Jessica Sweet February 4, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    LOVE this!! It’s like giving away a little bit of love to strangers. It is world changing! :)
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    • Fran February 6, 2014 at 8:29 am #

      Jessica- Thanks so much. It will be ‘world changing’ when the concept gains traction and individuals and businesses become involved. Lots of work to make that happen but I’m up for it!!! Fran

  9. Corinne Rodrigues February 7, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Fran – this is such wonderful idea – the beauty is in its simplicity and thoughtfulness. Thank you for being an inspiration! ♥
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    • Fran February 12, 2014 at 9:20 am #

      Corinne-
      Thank you for your kind words Corinne and taking the time to re-post your comment. The truth is this – giving flowers to strangers on the street fills me with joy and inner peace. It also acts as a reminder, Corinne, that if we do things that give us pleasure, we are more likely to have a positive effect on others. With gratitude- Fran

  10. Vishnu February 12, 2014 at 5:08 am #

    No better week to start this. It wasn’t giving a stranger flowers but before I read this post, I had sent off a couple bouquets of flowers to friends:) Does that count?

    Sounds like a lovely idea – you made so many people smile in the video, Fran, and even the babies smile!

    • Fran February 12, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      Dear Vishnu – Am so glad that you watched the video and enjoyed it. Of course- practically any act of kindness has an effect on the giver and receiver. And certainly having someone send flowers is a thoughtful and beautiful gift. BUT what differentiates ‘Give A Flower, Get A Smile’ is because it is specifically about giving a flower to a stranger. It’s not only an act of kindness but a way of connecting. And for shy/introverted individuals, it also is an act of courage to push through the fear and do it. I hope you give it a try Vishnu. And as always, thanks so much for your support. Warmly, Fran

  11. Sue Kearney (@MagnoliasWest) February 23, 2014 at 12:37 am #

    Fran, I finally got around to chronicling my inspired-by-you Love Bombing on Valentine’s Day. The link is right below in the Comment Luv. For some reason I can’t put the link in the comment itself.

    So much appreciation for you!
    xoxox
    Sue
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    • Fran March 6, 2014 at 10:02 am #

      Sue- I so love what you did. Placed a comment on your post. Gutsy, honest, and fun!! Thanks for participating. Will be super if you can get some of your friends and readers involved. With gratitude- Fran

  12. suriyan August 26, 2014 at 4:11 am #

    Thank you for published because I have been learn a lot of knowledge.

    • Fran August 29, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      With pleasure suriyan. Fran

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