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6 Reasons Plants will Help You Live a Longer & Happier Life

by on April 18, 2013

 

 

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They’re everywhere—even in a bustling cityscape, plants abound. We know the deal: they’re part of nature, and even our best efforts to pave and cement them out of the way can’t stop them from poking through concrete.

The benefits, of course, go without saying: fresh air, fresh food, shelter, medicine, shade, fun. The truth is, we need plants, a lot more than they need us, and yet we often treat them like nuisances. But plants can improve our quality of life, making us healthier and happier. Need some reasons to bring more plants into your life? Here are six:

  1. Improved Learning, Concentration and Memory: Studies have connected exposure to plants with improved learning skills in children, particularly those with Attention Deficit Disorder. They’re able to focus more easily, concentrate and engage better than without plants nearby. Plants can also improve concentration and memory for adults, in the home and workplace.
  2. Happiness Boost: Beautiful and fragrant flowers around the house or office can boost moods, reduce stress and relieve depression.
  3. Speed Healing: There’s a reason we bring flowers when we visit the hospital. Plants and flowers can soothe patients and boost recovery time. Likewise, working with plants, such as gardening, soon after coming out of a hospital situation can significantly reduce recovery time.
  4. Improve Your Relationships: According to research on the subject, people who spend time around plants also have better relationships with humans. The scientists credit increased levels of compassion that come from exposure to ornamental plants, making them more likely to help others and have advanced social relationships.
  5. Boosts Energy: Spending time with plants can boost your energy level (and oxygen!) bringing feelings of vitality and positivity. This can enhance job performance as well as increase the efficiency of a household and relationships.
  6. Heal Trauma and Mental Health: Gardening has become popular for PTSD sufferers and those with mental health issues. Studies have shown just five minutes in nature can have a profound effect on mood and happiness, bringing more positivity and an ability to better handle stress triggers. Studies have shown that reducing stress and anxiety levels also reduces the risks of developing certain diseases.

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Source: http://ellisonchair.tamu.edu/health-and-well-being-benefits-of-plants/#.UW7Z64K7M7A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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