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Planting Handful of Seeds in a Bare Yard Could Reduce Stress Levels As Much As 8 Mindfulness Sessions
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Planting Handful of Seeds in a Bare Yard Could Reduce Stress Levels As Much As 8 Mindfulness Sessions

A University of Sheffield study has found that having just a little bit of greenery in a front yard can boost mental health significantly.

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Including a few plants in a bare front yard could reduce your stress levels as much as eight weekly mindfulness sessions.

These are the findings from new research by the Department of Landscape Architecture in collaboration with the UK’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

The researchers, at the Universities of Sheffield, Westminster, and Virginia, found that a greener front yard can also make you feel happier, more relaxed, and closer to nature.

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The four-year scientific research project added ornamental plants to previously bare front gardens in economically deprived streets of Greater Manchester, England.

According to a statement from the researchers, 42 residents received: 1 tree (juniper or snowy mespilus), 1 shrub (azalea), 1 climber (clematis), sub-shrubs (lavender, rosemary), bulbs (daffodils, crocuses, snowdrops), and bedding plants (petunia, viola) to fill two containers. The experimental design included a control group who received the plants one year later.