New research says living in the midst of vegetation can actually extend your lifespan.
The research comes out of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham Women’s Hospital.
It analyzes the results of an eight-year study that looked into a potential link between vegetation and life expectancy.
Women who lived in the greenest surroundings were found to have mortality rates a whopping 12 percent lower than those of women who lived in plant-less homes and areas.
And these women not only had a longer life expectancy but better mental health.
The link between greenery and mortality rates is rooted in a few different components, according to the research.
Those surrounded by plants demonstrated lower levels of depression, increased opportunities for social engagement, higher levels of physical activity and reduced exposure to air pollution.
This wasn’t a small study at all, despite it being one of the first nationwide studies to cover the connection between plants and health.
A large proportion of the apparent benefit from high levels of vegetation seems to be connected with improved mental health.”
If you live in a city that’s short on vegetation but you have a green thumb (or are trying to develop one), this should still come as good news.
If your outdoor surroundings aren’t as lush as they could be, you can always bring the green inside. If you don’t have a green thumb.
The study however, didn’t specify whether specific types of plants are better for your health and longevity than others.
So if you’re feeling stressed (or just want to tack a couple extra years onto your life), and you can’t move to the countryside, go buy a plant.