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Plants make me happy

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Plants make me happy

BY CANDACE STEVENSON

plants

Why is it that even on a stressful day a simple flower or glimpse of healthy foliage can make me smile, transport me for just a moment from the tasks of the day to pure calm and admiration.

What is it that draws my eye and holds my gaze and alters my mood? There have been many scientific studies done on the effect of plants on our moods, productivity, relationships, health and air quality. Studies that prove the presence of plants in the home, workplace, schools, hospitals, road sides and prisons impact users of these spaces in positive ways. Some of the findings prove plants being present in a space the reason for

  • reduced tension
  • increased concentration, attention and memory
  • increased satisfaction and motivation,
  • reduced blood pressure, headaches, fatigue, stress, anxiety and eye and skin irritation
  • increased reaction time on the computer
  • stimulated sense and mind
  • reduced symptoms of ADD
  • reduced healing time in patients

Other interesting studies prove the positive effects on communities when landscaping and planting have been used to create visually pleasing recreational areas. Noted effects on the behaviour and over all feel of the community show crime rates reduced, vandalism decreased, increased positive outlook for the community, increased sense of pride and respect for the surroundings. I have not yet even gone into how your body and mind benefit from merely getting out into nature and getting active, I will leave that for another time. I hope this encourages teachers, employers, nurses, etc. to enhance your and other people’s lives by incorporating much needed plants wherever possible.

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