1 in 3 families 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 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 on 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.
Out of 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 significance, and the frequency of maximum experiences of positive emotions.
Women Reported A Better Emotional Well-being Due To Gardening, Compared To Men.
Average happiness due to gardening was also noted to be higher for low-income women and gardeners. People who had gardens instead of 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.
Do you agree with the study? Do you have babies with plants in your house? Show us photos of your garden in the comments below!