Enjoying a lovely day in your garden or local public garden can help to clear away stress and provide time away from the demands of life. Gardener's World Magazine has recently reported findings from a survey of 1,500 people that indicates that gardening can also help to beat depression.
In the attached video by the BBC, author Monte Don is one of several gardeners who speak about their experiences with gardening and the positive effect on their emotions. Of the gardeners interviewed, 80% reporting being happy, which higher than non-gardeners.
Exercise and physical activity have been associated with not only better physical health, but with emotional health. Gardeners benefit not only from exercise and fresh air, but from the feeling of accomplishment when they improve their gardens. The beautiful noises of nature can also help to improve your mental outlook. A great site for hearing natural sounds is The Music of Nature, which features recording from birds, frogs, streams and other sounds of nature.
For related articles on how gardening improves your outlook and health, see the following articles:
- Get Growing and Get Happy (HGTV)
- Why Gardening Makes You Happy and Cures Depression
- Why gardening is good for your health (CNN)
- Depression and Gardening
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