Getting outside and working in the garden might improve your mental health, according to a recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Researchers at the University of Florida assigned 42 volunteers to either gardening or art-making groups. During the gardening sessions, participants learned to transplant plants, sow seeds, and harvest and taste edible plants. Participants in the art-making group learned printmaking, paper-making, and drawing. The researchers observed that both gardening and art-making led to similar mental health improvements, with gardeners reporting slightly less anxiety than those who did art. In particular, people who worked in the garden twice a week had lower stress, anxiety, and depression.
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