Are you a proud plant mamma?
You know what we mean, as in you take a lot of pride pride in your plants and sometimes even sing to them… is that just us?!
If that’s the case, then good news! Scientists claim you will live a longer and happier life.
According to a study by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, women who have green fingers have a lower mortality rates and improved mental health.
100,000 female participants took part in the study over the period of eight years, and experts measured how living with plants affected their wellbeing.
It seems that women who look after plants experience more social interactions – possibly from sharing gardening advice and talking about plants with friends.
They also were more physically active – probably from the gardening, and experienced less exposure to air pollution – more plants equals good oxygen circulating in the house.
What’s more, these women were found to have a mortality rate that was 12% lower than those who don’t live with plants in their home.
“We were surprised to observe such strong associations between increased exposure to greenness and lower mortality rates,” said research associate Peter James.
“We were even more surprised to find evidence that a large proportion of the apparent benefit from high levels of vegetation seems to be connected with improved mental health.”
Meanwhile, experts found that women living in areas with the most vegetation had a 34% lower rate of respiratory disease.
They also had a 13% lower rate of death-related cancer compared with those with the least vegetation around their homes.
“We know that planting vegetation can help the environment by reducing wastewater loads, sequestering carbon, and mitigating the effects of climate change,” added James.
“Our new findings suggest a possible co-benefit—improving health—that presents planners, landscape architects, and policy makers with an potential tool to grow healthier places.”
Cue women everywhere rushing to Bunnings for succulents!
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