Gardening as a form of therapy
During recent years, research on the benefits of gardening has been capturing more attention. Professor of landscape architecture William Sullivan, along with his colleagues, have published several papers surrounding how exposure to nature reduces stress and improves the health and well-being of people. Published articles that seem to make the rounds on social media reveal that the bacteria found in soil boosts the immune system and stimulates nerves to release the good mood chemical serotonin in our brain.
Based on these studies researchers have pushed to explore the benefits of being outdoors for populations of older adults and those with physical or mental disabilities.