Pur­pose

Gardeners' World - - Garden More & Feel Better -

Start­ing a new project, such as re­design­ing a flower bed

WHY “Tend­ing plants can lit­er­ally give peo­ple a rea­son to get out of bed in the morn­ing,” says Kathryn Ros­siter, head of gar­den­ing ther­apy char­ity Thrive. “It’s the sat­is­fac­tion of know­ing that you made it hap­pen.” Hav­ing some­thing to be re­spon­si­ble for is one of the rea­sons peo­ple give for gar­den­ing. Hor­ti­cul­ture is of­ten used in pris­ons to give in­mates mean­ing­ful ac­tiv­ity, which, in turn, im­proves be­hav­iour. For older peo­ple, it gives a new sense of pur­pose, help­ing com­bat lone­li­ness.

DID YOU KNOW? Peo­ple who feel their days have mean­ing and pur­pose live longer.

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