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Gardening Can Lift Your Mood Even If You've Never Done It Before

Outdoor portrait of cute dog border collie sitting in wheelbarrow garden cart in garden background. Funny puppy dog as gardener ready to planting seedlings. Gardening and agriculture concept

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Here's today's feel-good story:

A new study shows that the deep satisfaction one gets from gardening can enliven those that don't need it, and even those that don't know how to garden.

The idea of "therapeutic horticulture" has been in use since the 19th century.

“Past studies have shown that gardening can help improve the mental health of people who have existing medical conditions or challenges. Our study shows that healthy people can also experience a boost in mental wellbeing through gardening,” said Charles Guy, principal investigator on the study from the University of Florida.

“Both gardening and art activities involve learning, planning, creativity and physical movement, and they are both used therapeutically in medical settings. This makes them more comparable, scientifically speaking, than, for example, gardening and bowling or gardening and reading.” 

Read more here.

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