Benefits of Plants - Health

Benefits of Plants

Healthy Parks, Healthy People

An overview of all the literature on the benefits of interacting with plants. Compelling reading from the Healthy Parks, Healthy People Congress. Read the full article.

Adding Plants Increases Student Satisfaction
Researchers have found that the presence of houseplants in homes and workplaces can reduce eye irritation and stress, motivate employees, improve concentration, and even reduce air impurities.
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Nature Makes Us Care
Want to be a better person? Commune with nature. Paying attention to the natural world not only makes you feel better, it makes you behave better, finds a new study to be published October 1 in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
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The Healing Powers of Public Gardens
Visitors to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Fla., have made such comments for years, saying the gardens helped them overcome grief and loss. Museum officials were aware of this anecdotal evidence and wanted to back it up with some data.
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Houseplants Reduce Stress, Boost Creativity
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Japanese community reduces burglaries by planting flowers
After learning that burglars were less likely to target homes on flower-lined streets, neighbors in the Tokyo district of Suginami launched Operation Flower in their community, and burglaries plummeted almost 80%.
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Flowering plants speed post-surgery recovery
Contact with nature has long been suspected to increase positive feelings, reduce stress, and provide distraction from the pain associated with recovery from surgery. Now, research has confirmed the beneficial effects of plants and flowers for patients recovering from abdominal surgery.
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Gardening Benefits Older Adults
Researchers at Kansas State University already have shown that gardening can offer enough moderate physical activity to keep older adults in shape.
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Going outside—even in the cold—improves memory, attention
University of Michigan psychology researchers explored the cognitive benefits of interacting with nature and found that walking in a park in any season, or even viewing pictures of nature, can help improve memory and attention.
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Green spaces 'reduce health gap'
A bit of greenery near our homes can cut the "health gap" between rich and poor, say researchers from two Scottish universities. Even small parks in the heart of our cities can protect us from strokes and heart disease, perhaps by cutting stress or boosting exercise.
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The benefits of ornamental plants
A study by the George Morris Centre
Scientists have, for decades, been trying to bring to the attention of people and their governments the importance of maintaining the biodiversity of planet Earth and of carrying out our daily lives in a fashion that ensures our offspring will inherit a cleaner, greener, more ecologically sustainable world. Governments everywhere, aside from sponsoring some minimally resourced initiatives, have been slow to catapult these issues ahead of things like health care, education, transportation, international trade, infrastructure development and human resources. Read the full study.

When trees are planted, communities grow
A scientific study at the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Studies, University of Illionois at Urbana-Champaign, has demonstrated that green views and access to open green spaces in urban areas may in fact, help to  restore attention and releive everyday pressures of living in poverty.

Flowers have positive impact on our lives 
behavioral study conducted at Harvard University shows people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed  when flowers are present in the home.

Landscape and Human Health Laboratory University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign
Scientific studies about the relationship between people and the physical environment. Information about human-environment relationships to guide policy, planning and design of environments. Theory and research methods of psychology combined with theory and concerns of environmental design, policy and planning.

Trees offer outstanding return on investment
The City of Portland Oregon Parks & Recreation department recently published a report that examines the benefits of the urban tree canopy, which covers about 25 % of the city. The report calculates the dollar value of environmental and aesthetic benefits that trees provide the city.