Gardening can boost your mood even if you’ve never done it before and don’t have any mental health issues

University of Florida

There’s a deep satisfaction that comes from caring for a garden, so deep that it can enliven even those who don’t need it, and even those who don’t know how, according to a new study.

A pilot, randomized controlled trial Indoor group gardening classes were compared with art classes to see if the mood of healthy women without a history of prescriptions for depression or anxiety could be improved.

It’s not every day that a study looks at healthy women without symptoms of anxiety, depression or mood swings, but if an effect can be seen scientifically where the room for improvement is the thinnest, this suggests solid potential for those in which the room for improvement is much greater.

“Therapeutic Horticulture” Univ. of the Florida press pointed out out has been used since the 19th century.

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“Previous studies have shown that gardening can help improve the mental health of people who have health conditions or medical conditions. Our study shows that healthy people can also benefit from improved well-being. mental health through gardening,” said Charles Guy, lead researcher of the University of Florida study.

Thirty-two women between the ages of 26 and 49 participated in either the art group, involving printmaking or drawing, or the gardening group, which involved learning how to sow seeds, transplant different kinds of plants, even taste edible plants.

“Gardening and art activities involve learning, planning, creativity and physical movement, and both are used therapeutically in medical settings. This makes them more comparable, scientifically speaking, than, say, gardening and bowling or gardening and reading,” Guy explained.

Both groups showed a slight boost in mood, with gardening improving feelings of anxiety more than art. Both also demonstrated dose dependency – the more they gardened or drew, the greater the perceived therapeutic effect.

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Why gardening might have this effect is anyone’s guess. Humans have been interacting on a very sophisticated level with plants for millions of years, long into our previous evolutionary forms. The development of horticulture and agriculture has changed our society forever, and studies have shown leaf green to be a calming color for the mind.

Whatever the reason, participants not only said how much they enjoyed the gardening classes, but also how they planned to continue growing long after the study ended.

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