Everyone here in My Garden Way loves gardening. But to tell you the truth, there are people beyond our circle who thinks gardening is a worthless hobby.
That’s only because when they hear the word “gardening,” they think about sunflowers growing out of the backyard. They forget that gardening encompasses a whole range of possibilities, not to mention that without it, they wouldn’t be able to purchase the food they so love in the grocery store.
There was a time when gardeners had to try to explain to people how gardening can be such a glorious hobby. But from the looks of Dan Buettner, it appears that people will finally see the beauty of it.
In his previous study, Dan proved that gardening was the kind of hobby that can bring forth a long life. Dan went to numerous countries where people were known to have lived to at least 100 years old. He discovered so many things. The rest of his study’s result gave us no new information. It was just a bunch of things everyone already knew such as how people needed to experience for them to attain a long life.
But Dan also found something interesting that says gardening as a hobby can lead to a life of up to 100 years old. Without further ado, here are the reasons.
Gardening Can Improve A Person’s Mood
When you’re feeling stressed or worn out, there are plenty of ways to alleviate the feeling, but perhaps one of the most effective means is through gardening.
How did we know? We don’t know for sure, but Dan does. You see, he researched two samples. One participant was made to do gardening outside whereas the other participant was tasked to stay at home and read a book for 30 minutes as well.
As it turns out, the person reading the book wound up to be in a bad mood in comparison to the person whose task was to go outside and garden.
The gardener ended up improving his mood to a significant degree. With this, Dan was able to conclude that when a person has a habit of regularly going out into a garden, this can increase his mood to about 50%.
Gives You A Sense Of Purpose
Right now, you may not have any problem with your purpose in life. You’re young, probably in your early 20s or 30s.
But you won’t always be that young. There will come a time when you will have wrinkles on your face. You’ll be too old to work in an office. Someone will call you grandma and your primary motivation in life would no longer be going to nightclubs but on taking care of your grandchildren.
But sooner or later, those kids are going to grow up as well. They will have friends of their own. And all of a sudden, you will start to wonder what to do now that you have already done your duty of raising your kids and even your grandchildren. The answer to that, Dan believes, is gardening.
Think of gardening as more than just watering a bunch of plants. When you engage in gardening activities, you are also raising a life. So, in a way, when you have already gained wisdom and grey hairs, gardening can be an excellent social activity.
These might be soft reasons to increase one’s life capacity up to 100 years old. But researchers have also supported Dan’s study saying that anyone who has attained old age healthily needs a motivation to get up every day. Gardening fits that requirement.