Ever heard the saying 'you can never have too many plants'? Because it's true! And a new study done by Harvard University has proven just that.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham Women’s Hospital conducted research over eight years to conclude that women live longer when surrounded by vegetation.
The increased longevity was attributed to increased opportunities for social engagement and physical activity (getting outdoors amongst nature), and less air pollution.
The same also goes for having indoor plants, which increase productivity lower your blood pressure, boost your mental health, and produce cleaner air to live with.
Peter James, a research associate from the Harvard Chan School Department of Epidemiology, said of the study, “We were surprised to observe such strong associations between increased exposure to greenness and lower mortality rates.
“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.”
Some other benefits of living amongst vegetation were that it lowers the risk of cancer and respiratory diseases, and lowers depression, and researchers found that women who live in greener areas exercised more, socialised more, and were exposed to less air pollution.