5 Ways Home Gardening Can Change Your Life

Check out these science-backed benefits when you start to grow your own garden.

Updated on June 13, 2017 10:06 am

Samantha Echavez


1. It increases your zest for life. When you’re surrounded by flowers, herbs, and vegetables, it’s hard to suppress a smile on your face. According to research by the professors from the University of Texas and Texas A&M, gardeners have higher levels of optimism than non-gardeners. Bibby Moore, author of Growing with Gardening, adds: "Gardening lifts the spirits of those who have lost a sense of purpose or hope."

2. It decreases levels of stress. According to a Dutch study entitled Gardening Promotes Neuroendocrine and Affective Restoration from Stress, those who garden have lower levels of cortisol a.k.a. the stress hormone. While cortisol has important functions in our body, too much of it causes higher blood pressure, lowered immunity, increased abdominal fat, among others.

3. It promotes better sleep. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania claimed that physical activities such as gardening are linked to better sleep habits. This is good news to those who have trouble sleeping! (Read: 13 Things in the Bedroom that are Ruining Your Sleep).


4. It improves concentration and memory. A University of Michigan study showed that gardening can increase memory retention of up to 20 percent. The naturally calming environment aids in concentration.

5. It contributes to better mental health. A case study conducted in Norway demonstrated that those diagnosed with depression who spent six hours a week growing flowers and vegetables showed measurable improvement in their depression symptoms. Christopher Lowry of University of Colorado at Boulder said that a harmless bacteria commonly found in the soul increases the release of serotonin, which is a mood-boosting chemical messenger.

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