...The study followed the lives of 100 women over eight years, tracking their mental health and wellbeing when living with lush greenery. Over the course of the study period, the researchers discovered that women's mental health increased so much that it made up a third of health benefits.
They found that women experienced lower levels of stress and depression, which could have stemmed from more social opportunities speaking with others about their veggie gardens, as well as higher amounts of physical activity when looking after the plants, and they benefited from better air quality.
And in terms of mortality, the study found that the rate had decreased by 12 per cent when women lived in greener surroundings...
And you talk to them regularly, right? And get upset when someone criticizes them or, heaven forbid, accuses them of being, "an invasive weed that's taking over"? And object when people tell you plants aren't sentient (they're just slow about it and don't speak human)? Plant lovers unite!
Woohoo, scientific vindication. I love my plants. And like I always say, it is cheaper than therapy.
Pearl Sutton wrote:Cool! Makes me feel better about the pile of seed catalogs on my desk! :D
I know I seem to be unable to cope with the world unless I have at least one plant and one cat in the house. Even when I lived in a van and bummed around the country for 2.5 years I had plants and cats in there too. It's part of who I am. I have to.
Greg Martin wrote:To paraphrase Nicole from the daily-ish…..we're not crazy, we're sane in a crazy world!
I've never thought about myself as a crazy plant person, but I do like the title. Pearl, I want the bumper sticker and the tee shirt.