Looking For a New Hobby? This Study Says That Gardening Can Boost Your Mood More Than Other Activities
We often hear about the importance of spending time outdoors, connecting with nature, and generally taking a break from technology. A recent trend has sprung up to make cities more livable and sustainable.
Civic leaders and urban planners have started investing in recreational activities and outdoor spaces. Many popular activities like biking and playing golf get a lot of attention. Hence, other lesser-known ones tend to get overlooked easily. One largely overlooked activity is home gardening. But, you’ll be surprised by what recent research has uncovered about the underrated recreation.
Unsplash | Gardening has many profound benefits
The profound benefits you could enjoy just by growing a home garden will amaze you. It doesn’t even matter if you stick with a small garden in your balcony or a larger one in your backyard. You can have tremendous improvements in your health just by growing some plants.
Princeton University conducted a study on achieving emotional well-being and happiness through recreational activities. The study found that a large array of people felt the same level of satisfaction and happiness while gardening as other people did while indulging in other activities.
Unsplash | People from low-income backgrounds tend to enjoy gardening more
The researchers also found something very interesting during the study. Only women and people from low-income backgrounds reported higher emotional well-being while gardening. One of the corresponding authors of the study described the phenomena is a very eloquent manner.
Dr. Anu Ramaswami explained that fresh vegetables and fruits provide many health benefits for low-income families who otherwise cannot afford them. He says that gardening also reinforces healthy behavior, which thereby promotes emotional well-being.
Dr. Graham Ambrose, another corresponding author, claims that these findings were similar across racial boundaries, and between people from urban and suburban areas alike.
Benefits of Home Gardening
So, how does a garden benefit your health? What does it do for you?
Unsplash | By growing a home garden, you can enjoy fresh produce every day
We all deserve time away from the world
Many keen gardeners talk about the time they spend indulging in their hobby as their time. The fresh air will help you think clearly and rid yourself of all ill thoughts. You’ll keep longing for those little breaks you get away from technology and the hustle-bustle of the world.
It can lift your mood
With all the chaos ongoing in the world, who wouldn’t want a mood relaxer? And a natural one, too. We’re sure that escaping from your lives would make you happy as it is, but why stop there? In case you weren’t aware, many garden plants are known for being used as natural mood lifters. These heavenly plants include chamomile, lavender, sunflower, etc
You will be healthy and physically fit
Maintaining a healthy diet is very important, but we continue to struggle with it for many reasons. Some people have difficulty spending money on buying fresh produce every day. With your home garden, you won’t need to spend money on vegetables or fruits and will be able to provide nutritious food to your body daily. On top of that, your body will get lots of exercise while gardening which will further improve your physical health.
More in Physical Fitness
Managing Emotions during the COVID-19 Struggle
The stress of modern-day life has given birth to fluctuating feelings in most of us. So many factors influence our behavior...October 23, 2021
Here’s How To Crush Those Excuses That Keep Us From Moving
We already know we need to get up and get active physically. Not exercising is bad for our health, and can...October 14, 2021
Best Investments For Millennials All Financial Advisors Confirm
There are many myths with regards to millennials and how they manage their finances. We sometimes jump to conclusions that millennials...October 10, 2021
How To Maintain Healthy Skin During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, often regarded as the most joyful moment in a woman’s life. Pregnancy also brings with it...October 6, 2021
Tackling Isolation When You Can’t Go Outside
The world is fighting the deadly Coronavirus pandemic. Therefore the news and social media are focused on COVID-19, its effects, and...October 6, 2021
Yoga At Home: 5 Yoga Poses That Can Help You Find Your Center & Inner Peace
Yoga is a widely practiced Hindu spiritual and severe discipline, a part of which includes breath control, simple meditation, and the...October 6, 2021
Breaking Up with a Friend Is Always a Hard Thing to Do, but Here’s How You Do It
A romantic relationship is similar to a healthy friendship in the sense that both are a two-way street. These connections are...October 5, 2021
The End of Y Chromosome Is Near – Will Men Become Extinct?
While men are considered stronger than women, that is not true at the chromosomal level. The Y chromosome, which is responsible...October 5, 2021
Scientists Unearth New SHOCKING Evidence about Intelligence
Intelligence can be defined as the general cognitive problem-solving skills embedded in the nature of a person. These skills are applied...October 5, 2021