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Taking Time to Stop and Smell the Roses Flowers

We had a lovely walk in our local park’s herb garden with our three-year-old granddaughter over the Memorial Day weekend. She was so excited about all the flowers and herbs, and wanted to stop and smell them all (no roses though!). It was a wonderful experience to watch and be part of, and it made me think about the famous saying “take time to stop and smell the roses”. Her joy in this actual activity was certainly an example of the truth of this.

The saying “to take time to stop and smell the roses” is attributed to Bernard Kelvin Kline in Your Dreams Will Not Die. The actual quote is “Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse, friends, job. Forget about the thorns—the pains and problems they cause you—and enjoy life”.

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smellpeonyThese days “Stop and smell the roses” may be a cliché meaning to relax; to take time out of one’s busy schedule to enjoy or appreciate the beauty of life.

But, new research by Rutgers University psychology professor Nancy Fagley, published in the Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, suggests it’s sound advice for finding satisfaction in life. She found that appreciating the meaningful things and people in our lives may play an even larger role in our overall happiness than previously thought.

 

 

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