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Scientific Evidence That Being Outdoors Makes You Happy

By Bubbles
August 2, 2011

Now there’s actual proof that the effects of being outdoors and exercising are good for your health. An article in Scientific American magazine cited a research study conducted by scientists at the University of Essex just outside London. It was published in the Environmental Health and Technology journal.

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Nov 23, 2013 10:07 PM CST
Gardening keeps you out of the health care system!
I live in an older neighbourhood, and many of us are seniors.
It is my observation that when people give up gardening--they go down hill health wise!
Some just get out, and walk to see what others are doing, and that is okay too!
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Nov 23, 2013 10:20 PM CST
I think you are right, Caroline. You have to be responsible for your plants, and you always have something to look forward to. There's also planning, changing seasons, and sharing the fruits of your labor.

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