1 out of 3 households has a vegetable garden or flower garden. The popularity of having a personal garden is increasing by the day. Not only is it good for the environment, but according to a study, gardening can improve our emotional well-being and make us happier.
We are intrigued by the study and would like to share its details with our readers.
The Study Surveyed 370 People
For the research, data was collected from 370 people residing in Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. They were asked to report their emotional well-being in a specially developed app, called Daynamica, after participating in any of the 15 activities in the program.
People Who Engaged In Home Gardening Were Found To Be Happier:
Among the 370, 118 people engaged in home gardening and reported a higher level of emotional well-being. For the 15 activities given, the emotional well-being of the participants was measured for each type of activity: average net effect, average happiness, average meaning, and the frequency of experiences of maximum positive emotions.
The results showed that gardening made people as happy as riding a bike, walking, or dining out.
Women Reported A Better Emotional Well-being Due To Gardening, Compared To Men:
It was also noted that average happiness due to gardening was higher for low-income women and gardeners. People who had gardens rather than ornamental gardens were comparatively happier.
Sunlight May Also Increase Our Serotonin Level:
In addition to making us happy and keeping our emotional well-being in check, daily gardening also helps reduce the risk of dementia by 36%.
Gardening also reduces the problems caused by insufficient vitamin D. Being in the sun also releases wellness hormones in our body, making us feel happy and calm.
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