It is time for Monday Morning Blooms. This time with a little research about why gardening is good for mental health. Many of us know this already (and linking to Trent’s weekly smile because gardening brings a smile) but there is empirical support for this garden and improved mental health connection. I had to make a video about this topic and thought I would share a few of the images I made for that.
Kaplan, R., & Kaplan, S. (1989),Â The experience of nature: A psychological perspective.Â Cambridge University Press.
Park, S., Lee, A., Park, H. G., & Lee, W. L. (2019). Benefits of gardening activities for cognitive function according to measurement of brain nerve growth factor levels.Â International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,Â 16(5), 760.
Soga, M., Gaston, K. J., & Yamaura, Y. (2017). Gardening is beneficial for health: A meta-analysis.Â Preventive Medicine Reports,Â 5, 92-99.
Ulrich, R.S. (1983). Aesthetic and affective response to natural environment, in Altman, I., and Wohlwill, J.F. (Eds),Â Human Behaviour and environment: Behaviour and the natural environment. Plenum Press, 85-125.
When I'm not plotting my next book, I watch movies and television programs, both new and old, on Acorn TV, Amazon, BritBox, Hulu, Apple TV, and Netflix. Afterward, I write reviews and scatter popcorn kernels. Whatever floats your remote is fine with me.