We know being outside in nature is good for our health and mood. Gardening helps to supercharge this positive effect even more. And it doesn’t matter if you are gardening in the community garden or tending to your treasured potted plants on your balcony – the benefits are similar.
Countless studies show gardening and caring for plants boosts your mental, physical and social well being. It also improves cognitive function – or thinking – so it can be useful in preventing dementia in older people in your family.
And because gardening is a caring and nurturing task it also prompts feelings of gratification and success and boosts your self-esteem. Being in nature can also reduce feelings of anger, fear and anxiety. You are giving yourself a much-needed break from deadlines, bills and everyday problems.
The Royal Horticultural Society in partnership with the Universities of Sheffield, Westminster and Virginia surveyed thousands of people in the UK and US. Over 50 percent of the people in the study stated that caring for plants and looking at green gardens helped them feel happier.
So how do you get some plant power into your life – even if you live in a compact apartment?