Allison Cunha, center, of Especially For You, hands flowers to passers-by on the streets of downtown Salt Lake City as part of the “Petal It Forward” program on Wednesday. Especially For You, a downtown floral shop, joined more than 450 florists across the country in handing out 500 bunches of flowers to busy commuters. This random-acts-of-kindness effort is in response to the release of data by the Society of American Florists showing the positive emotional benefits of flowers. The Petal It Forward team not only tried to spread happiness to Salt Lake City residents who received the flowers, but armed the recipients with an extra flower bouquet to share with a loved one, a co-worker or even a stranger, and sharing their happiness on social media using #petalitforward.
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