Ladies, grab another succulent on your next Target run, scientists from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s hospital have come to the conclusion that women live longer when they have green surroundings The study, which took part over eight years, covered data from over 108,630 women.
The data concluded that the women who lived in the greenest environments had a staggering 12 percent lower mortality rate than the women who lived in plant-less homes. And that’s not all the research revealed. The women who had plants in their homes tended to have better mental health as well.
The link between plants and mortality can be found in a few different areas. According to the research, women who live with plants had lower levels of depression, increased social engagement opportunities, higher levels of physical activity, and reduced exposure to air pollution.
Peter James, research associate in the Harvard Chan School Department of Epidemiology shared with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health his thoughts of the data. “We were surprised to observe such strong associations between increased exposure to greenness and lower mortality rates,” he goes on to add, “We were even more surprised to find evidence that a large proportion of the apparent benefit from high levels of vegetation seems to be connected with improved mental health.”
Plants to Grow Indoors
Even if you live in the city, there’s always a way to turn your home into a garden oasis. Add some potted herbs like parsley, thyme and rosemary to the window still in your kitchen or a few small succulents in your bedroom window. Some plants like bamboo and orchids thrive in humid environments (just like your bathroom) while others like aloe vera are linked to aid with sleep.
Whichever plant you decide to spruce your place up with, make sure to water it and give it the sunshine it needs. Believe me, we’ve all been there before, wondering when was the last time you’ve watered them.