The world we live in today is one where we’re always trying to be healthier and find ways to live better - not necessarily longer, but that comes in as a bonus too, right? Well, recent studies are now showing us that it’s possible to keep a healthier lifestyle while increasing our life expectancy just by living around nature!
Of course that doesn’t mean you need to pack your bags and go live in the woods, but you should surround yourself with at least some houseplants!
We’re talking about this eight-year study led by the University of Harvard that proves mortality rates were lower among women who live surrounded by natural vegetation. That is, lower than the mortality rates from women living in urban areas with less greenery.
“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” - Doug Larson
This study data shows that life expectancy is 12% higher for women living around nature! In addition, the relation between nature and life expectancy was stronger when it connected death causes such as respiratory diseases, cancer, and kidney disease.
Peter James, the lead author of the study, said he was actually surprised with the discoveries made:
“We were really surprised to find that the mental health pathway explained about 30 percent of the relationship between greenness and mortality.”
That surprise can be explained because despite already having proof nature improves our health, there’s still some mystery left on how it happens.
You could ask, for instance:
- How much exposure it takes to have effects on health?
- Does longer exposure gives better results?
- Can it be small plants or do you need a whole set of trees, flowers, and bushes?
However, those are questions still left unanswered while researchers take a better look at the case.
Aside from the obvious part where women aren’t being overly exposed to air and noise pollution and extreme heat, researchers also point out that greener areas to live in have these benefits:
- More opportunities for practicing physical activities
- Increased possibilities for social interaction
And, when combining all the advantages, it results in:
- Lower stress levels
- Improved mental health
- Lower depressions levels
Now, even though the study focused on saying that planting vegetation around your home is what benefits you the most, houseplants can be just as beneficial! In fact, they help improve the air quality in your home by reducing carbon dioxide levels, as well as airborne dust levels, and even some pollutants!
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