I love this research study, published in the ‘International Society for Horticultural Science‘.
From a review of the literature this article shows that many of society’s ills could be reduced by more people picking up a shovel.
“Can horticulture contribute significantly to human well-being and mental health? Increasing evidence suggests it can. This review presents findings from scientific studies with diverse populations, including residents of poor inner city neighborhoods, ecological restoration volunteers, and children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Moreover, the findings come from studies of diverse outcomes, including lower rates of violent and property crime, lower incidence of aggression, greater ability to cope with poverty, better life functioning, greater life satisfaction, reduced attention deficit symptoms, greater strength of community, and others.”