Recently researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health discovered a positive relationship between green and longevity, as well mental health. First of all, green is referring to greenery, which is abundant right now in my neck of the woods. The trees are vibrantly green with their leaves, as are the ferns I can see for miles. YUM for my eyes!!!
So these researchers evaluated more than 108,000 women all across the US between the years 2000 and 2008. They found that there was a 12 percent lower risk of death for those women who lived in the greenest surroundings.
Women with the greenest vegetation around their homes were 34 percent less likely to die of a respiratory-related issue. They also found that women living in the greenest environments were 13 percent less likely to die of cancer.
The researchers also discovered this positive correlation extended into mental health. Women living in the greenest environments were happier and less depressed.
What to do if you don’t have an abundance of green around you? Create it! This does not mean you need to move, although you may choose that. Get some plants, both for inside and outside. Go for walks or hikes in parks or forests. Sit by a tree and sooth your eyes with a soft gaze at the grass around you. Imbibe in green!
Stay tuned as next week I’ll be recommending some indoor plants that also improve air quality!