Women who are Crazy Plant Parents live longer, happier lives. Science says so.

In a lovely bit of good news for your weekend, science has given us a definitive reason to spend even more money on indoor plants.

Women who surround themselves with plants, otherwise known as Crazy Plant Parents, live longer and happier lives.

According to research out of Harvard, there’s a direct correlation between living in a home surrounded by vegetation and greenery, and lower mortality rates and improved mental health in women.

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The study that first came out in 2016 was conducted over eight years with more than 100,000 female participants by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Brigham Women’s Hospital. It measured the effect that being surrounded by lush greenery would have on the wellbeing of American women.

During the study period, increased mental health made up a third of the benefits women experienced from living around plants and gardens.


This was measured through lower levels of depression that may have been a result of more opportunities for social interaction (i.e. talking about one’s indoor plants and veggie gardens), higher physical activity (tending to one’s indoor plants and veggie gardens) and lower exposure to air pollution, the authors of the study said.

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Researchers also found there were fewer deaths among women who lived in the greenest surroundings - their mortality rate was 12 per cent lower than those living in homes in the least green areas.

There's also plenty of research to show that filling your house with lush, leafy greens can also help reduce stress, and less stress = happier, healthier you.

Case studies have shown that our innate affinity for the great outdoors positively impacts our health and wellbeing. Even just seeing the colour green can help focus the mind and calm hyper-active children.

The benefits of having indoor plants in your home has even been researched and confirmed by NASA, as it supports respiratory function by cleaning the air around you.

In other words, you now have the backing of the medical community to turn your living room into a tropical jungle or start planting that herb garden you've been talking about doing for yonks.

And if you've been relying on a fake fiddle leaf fig to inject greenery into your home, it might be time to pull your green thumb out and give real indoor plants another go.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And again.

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