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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