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Gardening Can Help Beat Depression

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  • Depression affects 10 percent of Americans at some time in their life, and the number of Americans diagnosed with depression increases by about 20 percent annually
  • There’s a growing acceptance that maintaining good physical health and spending time outdoors can significantly lower your risk of developing depression in the first place
  • 80 percent of gardeners report being “happy” and satisfied with their lives, compared to 67 percent of non-gardeners; 87 percent of those who garden more than six hours a week report feeling happy, compared to those spending less time in their gardens
  • 100 percent of volunteers interviewed during an outdoor conservation project agreed that participation benefited their mental health, boosted self-esteem and improved confidence
  • Fitness researchers have also found that when you exercise outdoors, you exercise harder but perceive it as being easier than when exercising indoors, which can have significant health benefits

By Dr. Mercola

Every year, some 230 million prescriptions for antidepressants are filled, making them one of the most-prescribed drugs in the United States.

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