The Power of Plants!

It now appears plants do much more than add color to a room. According to a number of studies, having plants around could benefit your health.

A 15-year longitudinal study found that women who lived in greener spaces live longer than their plantless counterparts: Those who live in the greenest neighborhoods were 34 percent less likely to die of respiratory disease and 13 percent less likely to die of cancer.

Researchers believe that, beyond the air filtration plants provide, their existence offers people a reason to get out and exercise and socialize, two habits that contribute to healthy living. Other research has discovered that the greener your neighborhood, the more attractive your home is.

A study conducted in Philadelphia made it clear - increasing urban vegetation will a boost a home’s property value by 2 percent. Also important - some studies have looked at the impact of greenery on crime.

It appears adding vegetation to vacant lots was associated with reductions in certain crime as well as gun violence. Go green - it works.


dianhow 7 years 7 weeks ago

Where are ALL the butter flies, catepillars, fire flies, moths, beautiful birds, we used to see when I grew up in 50's & 60's ? Does anyone even notice or care ? They are ALL being Killed by Toxic Chemicals.. Dupont .... etc Possibly causing some cancers as well Corp GREED won ! Beauty & Nature LOST .

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Willie W 7 years 7 weeks ago

I guess it depends on where you live. I have all those creatures you mentioned. You forgot mosquitos. I'd like to do a little "Toxic Correction" on them. DuPont can't hold a candle to mosquitos.

wslifko 7 years 7 weeks ago

This is why for the last 40 years I've chosen to vacation in places where hiking and camping are easily accessible. Often, hiking and camping are the main focus of my vacations, particularly during long weekends. There's noting like waking up to the clean air and no man-made sounds that wilderness provides. It allows us to connect with our spirituality and sense of purpose. There truly is magic in nature. Spend a few hours in a forest and just listen. The inner peace that can be experienced is very nearly overwhelming.

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Kend 7 years 7 weeks ago

I must live by Willie. I to hate those mosquitos. We go to the mountains all most every weekend. Not only do we see all of the about but last trip we saw elk, deer, rocky mountain sheep and a huge black bear. A big sign near our home says "the mountains shall bring peace to the people". Boy do they ever. I am lucky to live here. Well except January and February. Banff and Kootenay National park google it is paradise. Come visit our dollar sucks great value .

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imnofish 7 years 7 weeks ago

I am so glad that I chose to live and work in a rural area. Instead of waiting for vacations or retirement, I've had the privilege of living and playing in the woods for nearly 40 years. Yes, I could have made more money living in an urban setting, but it would have also been more expensive to live there. The quality of life has been a real bargain, in my opinion.

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