Spending Time in the Garden Linked to Better Health and Wellbeing

It’s well-established that gardening is good for our health, and a new British study augments the evidence. Researchers from the University of Exeter and the Royal Horticultural Society analyzed data from almost 8,000 people.

The study found the benefits of gardening to health and wellbeing were similar to the difference in health between people living in the wealthiest parts of the country, compared to the poorest. The benefits applied whether people spent their time gardening or simply relaxing. People who regularly spend time in their garden were also more likely to visit nature elsewhere once a week.

Spending time in my indoor and outdoor gardens has always helped my own mental and physical health. As we continue to shelter at home during the COVID19 pandemic, occasional immersions in nature feel essential. Of course, flowers can’t solve the world’s problems, but they can restore our strength and sanity. Even for those who don’t have ready access to gardens or green spaces, it’s easy to keep an orchid, or two or three, on a windowsill to enjoy the same advantages. For more, read how Gardening Could Be the Hobby That Helps You Live to 100.

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