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You ever have one of those days when it just feels like the earth hates you? Nothing seems to go right, stress is at an all-time high, and nothing sounds more inviting than crawling back into bed and giving up on the day completely. (That was yesterday, when morale was at an all-time low). Well, according to a study conducted at Rutgers University, women who received flowers felt euphoric for three days as opposed to women who got candles or candy--the buzz didn't even last into the afternoon. So here's an easy, scientifically proven way to help a female friend out of her funk: bring her some flowers. Considering that fresh flowers seems to rank consistently in our top five home indulgences, we've compiled a few tips on where to get them (for cheap...er), how to arrange them, and how to keep get them to last a few days longer...
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The holidays may be over, but Faith's three carnation-based arrangement tutorials over at AT Chicago can be used year-round...or at least while carnations are in season.

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Also from Faith: How to Choose Flowers at the Supermarket. Perfect if you're on a budget, but still want to show a loved on that you care.

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Abby offers her tips on how to order flowers over the phone.

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Want to get the most out of cut flowers? Check out Faith's tips on how to keep cut flowers longer from The Kitchn.

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