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"You may not see it now, but whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else, if even in the tiniest way... And it's much the same thing with knowledge, for whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer."         The Phantom Tollbooth 

RESEARCH 

Experiencing AWE: Nature and Well-Being

A new study suggests we can add nature, art and religion to life's best anti-inflammatories. 

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/four_awe_inspiring_activities

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/awe_boosts_health 

Nature Deficit Disorder
Nature-deficit disorder is not a formal diagnosis, but a way to describe the psychological, physical and cognitive costs of human alienation from nature, particularly for children in their vulnerable developing years.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/people-in-nature/200901/no-more-nature-deficit-disorder

 

Benefits of Indoor Plants in the Home and Workplace

The effects of nature in the home and in the workplace serves to stimulate both the senses and the mind, improving mental cognition and performance.


https://www.prevention.com/health/g27586276/benefits-of-indoor-plants/

https://www.epa.gov/report-environment/indoor-air-quality

https://www.ecowatch.com/health-benefits-of-having-plants-at-home-2608386260.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nomanazish/2018/02/10/think-you-dont-need-houseplants-science-says-different/#5cc69cbd3595

https://www.womenonbusiness.com/5-benefits-of-plants-in-the-workplace/

https://www.ciphr.com/advice/plants-in-the-office/

   

Doctors Prescribe Time in Nature

Doctors around the world have begun prescribing time in nature as a way of improving their patients’ health. 120 minutes a week.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/13/health/nature-outdoors-health.html?fbclid=IwAR3QqccvLaT3Jzg2z9KXdZcq4jZMt-UvMOBClUZGXJu2otOSwEC2fEWXp_M

 Hospital Patients and Plants

Ornamental indoor plants in hospital rooms enhanced health outcomes of patients recovering from surgery. Patients were more positive and had lower blood pressure and stress levels. 

Another study on stress and recovery of surgical patients found that patients in hospital rooms with plants had lower systolic blood pressure and less pain, anxiety, and fatigue than patients in rooms with no plants. Participants also noted that plants in the rooms conveyed the impression of hospital staff taking greater care of the patients.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19715461/ 

https://www.ambius.com/resources/blog/biophilia-well-being/health-benefits-of-plants-in-hospitals#:~:text=Another%20study%20on%20stress%20and,in%20rooms%20with%20no%20plants.

 

 NASA Research: Plants That Clean the Air

 https://greatist.com/connect/houseplants-that-clean-air

 http://wondergressive.com/three-plant-fresh-air-system/

 https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ted+talks+kamal+meattle&view=detail&mid=CDD2611F142271C996D3CDD2611F142271C996D3&FORM=VIRE

    

 Horticultural Therapy

The use of plants and plant-based activity for the purpose of human healing and rehabilitation. Using plants as a therapeutic tool with hospitals, WWII veterans, nursing facilities.

https://www.ahta.org/about-ahtay

 

The Benefits of Houseplants in the Classroom (primary-college)

Studies from Australia’s University of Technology, Sydney, the University of Michigan, and the American Society for Horticultural Science compared students of all ages in classrooms that had potted plants to those that did not. 

Here is what the studies found:
1. Having Plants in the classroom lowered the number of students missing school due to illness.
2. Plants in the classroom actually improved grades and behavior with middle school aged students.
3. In Universities, it was found to improve the performance and lower discomfort of college students.
4. Students and their teachers felt more satisfaction and positive feelings around learning in their classrooms.
5. Memory retention in the classrooms were significantly higher - Up to 20% higher!
6. Plants in the classroom improved spelling, math, and science scores by an astonishing 14%.

Besides the results of the studies, having plants in the classroom can offer the opportunity for kids to become connected with nature. Plants can also be used as a teaching tool, like learning to care for a living thing, learning responsibility during the care process, and giving the students a sense of accomplishment when watching the plants grow.

 

  Why Volunteering, Giving and Showing Kindness is Good For Our Health, Lessens Stress and Depression

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/5_ways_giving_is_good_for_you/

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-giving-is-good-for-your-health/

https://psychcentral.com/blog/helping-others-is-good-for-your-health-an-interview-with-stephen-g-post-phd/

https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/hea-31-1-87.pdf

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kindness-research_b_7054652

 

 How Nature Helps Seniors Cope With Specific Health Issues 

http://goodnature.nathab.com/the-outdoors-and-the-elderly/

https://angelsinhome.com/senior-and-elder-care/nature-benefits-for-the-elderly/

   

 Would More Social Justice Make You Happy  

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/would_more_social_justice_make_you_happier