Gardening is 'good for the soul':

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Digging, weeding and planting improve happiness and 'emotional wellbeing' as much as physical exercise or eating out, study finds.

Gardening is 'good for the soul' according to scientists, who say it improves happiness and emotional wellbeing as much as cycling, walking or eating out.

The new study by Princeton University researchers found getting outdoors and gardening was particularly beneficial for women in low income households.

While running or sports may provide more physical exertions, gardening works better as an emotional pick-me-up than other activities.

The research team say it becomes even more beneficial for those who grow their own vegetables than those who have manicured ornamental gardens.

The findings have been published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning.

 

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