Your brain on plants: why gardens are good for you

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While stuck at home during this pandemic, we’ve found plants and gardening to be an unexpected source of relief. What exactly is going on in our brains when we spend time in the company of plants? We look into the science behind how plants can reduce stress and anxiety and help us feel connected to the outside world.

“How might contact with nature promote human health? Promising mechanisms and a possible central pathway.” Frontiers in Psychology. 2015.

“Nature experience reduces rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2015.

“Human Physiological Benefits of Viewing Nature: EEG Responses to Exact and Statistical Fractal Patterns.” Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences. 2015.


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  1. Michelle Barret on February 24, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Beautifully shot and thoughtfully reported! Just what we need now.

  2. Joc Marrs on February 24, 2021 at 10:20 pm


  3. Hyemi Kim on February 24, 2021 at 10:21 pm




  4. Au Forward TV on February 24, 2021 at 10:27 pm


  5. Abraham Sampson on February 24, 2021 at 10:33 pm


  6. Mike FJ Doyle on February 24, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Started some plants inside then they grew out of the pots in the house and now my front yard it’s a garden got some veggies,flowers,herbs, even put new grass seeds down.. Gardening its 100 the best way to heal your mind I have BPD and my indoor and outdoor garden help so much

  7. Mark Menegatti ᴏsᴀ on February 24, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
    Saint Augustine of Hippo

  8. Plants & Progress by Misha on February 24, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    This makes so much sense! Thank you so much for this video, I actually did start a garden this quarantine and just did a video on it! I love watching my garden grow and being out in it even if I were to not get much production from it. Definitely cultivating awe and going to work on cultivating more awe when I can! Love this, so agree on being a part of something bigger 💚🌱

  9. Joc Marrs on February 24, 2021 at 10:46 pm


  10. Brianna Castro on February 24, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Since the pandemic started and we’ve been stuck at home, also because I live with Agoraphobia and Panic Disorder I’ve started getting more plants both in my home and outside. It has really helped, also gives me something to do. Thank you for sharing this.

  11. Pinky The Chihuahua on February 24, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    I love my desert garden. Its the size of 2 twin beds. Thats what is was. Now it’s a raised bed. This summer I have tomatos, eggplant, pickeling cucumbers, zucchini, dill, and sweet And hot peppers. Its my except from Covid 19 Zen spot.

  12. Balikugat Movement on February 24, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    This is so true, ever since ive been doing gardening. Ive been feeling a lot more better.

  13. AA Home Gardening on February 24, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I love Gardening so much
    I have plants outdoors and indoors
    I like greeny around, all the time

  14. Rebekah Klein on February 24, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Anyone reading, see if you can get your hands in a jewelry loupe. Really see plants and other things up close while you’re on the go or at home

  15. Los Angeles Times on February 24, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Have you started a garden while in quarantine? What are you growing? Share a picture of your garden in the comments!

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