Who knew that AXA Insurance have a Stress Index! It says that 41% of people who do gardening for only 2 hours a week report that it improved their physical health, making it one of the best ways to deal with stress. So it's important to get those therapeutic effects all year round. We find lots to do in our Community Garden Clubs for people with dementia during bad weather, sowing and growing plants inside the cosy yurt or garden shed, and even the snow didn't stop us! Now spring is here we will be outdoors whenever we can, but with shelter as back-up whenever it's needed.
Three different strands of happiness complement each other to create lasting joy: pleasure, purpose and pride, especially when people feel secure and minimise stress. These are the recent findings reported in National Geographic Nov 2017 about the world's happiest countries. We're not surprised by the findings. With access to nature and gardening, we see our clients go home happy because of these things every week.
"I love the soil, it's a great friend, such a great friend, it's what motivates me."