For thousands of years, humans have relied on plants to bring more food, comfort, and beauty into their lives. It is only in recent years that growing, harvesting, and processing plants has become non-essential.
While this can make life significantly easier, there are many benefits to connecting with plants directly. Growing an outdoor garden, especially with food-producing plants, can be very fulfilling and provide you with a sense of empowerment. Additionally, studies have shown that gardening can reduce stress, improve mood, and help with cognitive function.
However, maintaining an outdoor garden is not feasible for everyone. Luckily, having indoor plants can provide many of the same benefits as outdoor gardening. And, there are many additional ones since most work is done indoors—having plants around has been shown to increase productivity and concentration and improve indoor air quality.
Beyond the health benefits, there is something uniquely special about caring for plants. They have no expectations, are the best listeners, and are truly grateful for your care. (Have you ever watered a plant and watched them radiate joy after their much-needed drink?)
Consider deciding to bring some more plants into your life. Whether that means establishing a garden outside, or planting some pots inside of your home, you’re sure to find your life improved by a new friend.