A growing body of research proves that simply being around nature can improve human health and happiness.
A month-long 2016 study conducted in the United Kingdom by the University of Derby and the Wildlife Trusts found that connecting to nature resulted in a “scientifically significant increase” in health and happiness, the BBC reports.
‘Nature isn’t a miracle cure for diseases’ says Lucy McRobert – Nature Matters campaigns manager for the Wildlife Trusts.
‘But by interacting with it – spending time in it – experiencing it and appreciating it we can reap the benefits of feeling happier and healthier as a result’.
But you don’t necessarily need to go outdoors to connect with nature: houseplants can help you can bring nature indoors.
Keeping plants at home or at work is a simple and effective way to improve your personal environment.
Many plants are so easy to maintain that they make great gifts – even for those who don’t have green thumbs.