Why greenery is important for our life?
A study published in Psychological Science found that green pathways, green stretch, spaces, parks and gardens in high-density city areas have the power to enhance the quality of life and the well-being of those who live there. People, who live in greener environment – where trees are grown, are happier than their counterparts who stay in tree-less environments.
The rapid pace of urbanization owing to the rural–urban migration is putting lot of strain on the urban infrastructure in cities. But seeing greener patches in the concrete jungles sooth the eyes and minds both. Privacy goes for a toss in cities; but, well-placed plantings offer privacy and tranquility by keeping the noise and harsh sunlight in the afternoons and glare of vehicle headlights in evenings. Gardening in your small terrace, windows, or flowerbeds in your gallery contribute to healthy, active living both physically and emotionally. Horticulture therapists have discovered that gardening provides a form of emotional expression and release. Seeing your plants growing taller and greener gives immense happiness.
In a study done by the American Institutes for Research, a group of sixth graders attended outdoor school for six weeks, while another group did not. During the outdoor programme, students did hands-on activities like searching for aquatic insects in a stream and identifying tree species and drawing conclusions on the “health” of a forest. At the end of the programme, the students, teachers and parents were surveyed. The group that did the outdoor education rated better in self-esteem, conflict resolution, relationship with peers, problem solving, motivation to learn and behavior in class. The children who attended outdoor school also had an improved Science score, measured by a pre & post test. This study measured how ‘green’ the children’s homes were, stressful life events (such as being bullied in school, relocating to another home or fighting with one’s parents), and how well they coped with these events. Nearby nature was found to buffer the effects of stressful life events on children’s psychological distress
Doctors have shown that people recover faster in a hospital when given a landscape view, rather than seeing only the walls of adjoining buildings. If you can manage to make gardening your hobby it acts as a as the perfect antidote to the modern world; as it is a perfect way of reclaiming some of the intangible things we have lost in our busy lives.
If you don’t have a terrace, balcony, house plants are the ultimate choice. They are a source of functional decorating, and brightening your and also they purify the air. Palms, Peace Lilies, African Violets, Marginata, Hedera Helix, Boston fern, Bamboo Palm, Hanging Petunia, Rubber plants, Variegated English Ivy are some very commonly available indoor plants. They are easy to manage, can be shifted as per liking, and need little care.
The study surveyed 5,000 households across the UK over a 17-year period, keeping track of the people’s self-reported psychological health as they moved from place to place, the BBC noted. The impact of green things on a person’s psychological health remained positive, backing up what has come to be known as the “green space effect.”
A study done is Philadephia indicates that vegetation abundance is significantly associated with lower rates of assault, robbery and burglary. Greenery has a calming and therapeutic effect on people, resulting in the deterrence of tendencies towards violent acts. The presence of vegetation also acts as a social control in public spaces. This is because places with vegetation, such as parks, tend to attract large groups of people, which discourages potential perpetrators.
Feng shui is the art of stability and solidity. It is a method through which one can bring stability to their lives. Feng shui uses a combination of signs, structure and color to bring all the necessary modification in a person’s life. It is the belief that certain structures and items can actually build harmony among people and would also improve their condition. In Feng Shui green color represents energy, regeneration, renewal, nature and nourishment. Green is one of the best feng shui colors and the most significant. This is one of the best ways through which a person can integrate nature into their lives through the feng shui color scheme. Green is the feng shui color for rejuvenation and renewal. It is amazing for people’s health and it can also promote new beginnings. It is considered to be an inspirational color as well, for it draws power from the nature itself. The Feng Shui practitioners suggest assortment of indoor plants for the positive energy in house. Lucky Bamboo is use on large scale in Feng Shui.
One of the oldest members of the lucky plants fraternity, they are grown in a water medium like a jug of water. Money Plant is believed to bring plenty of money in your house while it is very easy to grow. It adds beauty to the house while balancing the color combination on your walls and furniture. I have experienced this it does bring good fortune! Snake Plant also known as the Mother-in-law plant. It has been scientifically proved that this good luck plant absorbs certain poisonous gases in the air. It exudes water vapors in large quantities to give natural humidity to its surroundings. Thus, in extremely dry climates like Pune, Nagpur, Delhi this is good luck plant to have at home. Besides, ‘luck’ it brings good health to you. Tulsi or Basil is is another plant which has a mythological and religious significance for the Hindus. It is considered the wife of Lord Krishna and therefore bringing purity in the household. Its leaves can be used to purify anything be it food, clothes etc and it otherwise used in offering prayers. It is supposed to purify the home of negative energy.
These days, due to scarcity of place, Hydroponic gardening is becoming famous in cities. This style of gardening uses no soil; rather, plant roots are suspended in specially formulated clay pellets and bathed with liquid nutrients. This keeps roots tightly compacted, which allows you to hang dozens of growing plants in a single window. You can build your own hydroponic garden using recycled materials or purchase kits available in the market.
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. – Gertrude Jekyll