Ideas for the subject of the next post in Shirl and You crop up in the most unusual
places, like a nursery. While purchasing plants for my flower garden I asked the clerk how her day was going. She looked up from the register and said she liked working there because: “People who buy plants are happy people.” That was it! That would be the next subject for Shirl and You. Is she right, do buying plants result in people being happy? This would take some research, but I was on my way and presented here is what I found out about the subject.
Let’s start with myself. I look forward to going into my flower garden every morning and I recall my daughter-in-law saying she does, also. “I take my cup of coffee with me and sit
among my flowers before leaving for work,” she said. Is it just a coincidence that we both find something special about being near plants?
I checked on the internet and this is what I found. Studies show that plants make you feel more calm, more optimistic and contribute to your overall well being. Could that be why I am seldom sick and why I love the color green? (First its red, then green.) 🙂 Let’s look into the subject further.
A Chicago cardiologist says that hospital patients facing a garden in their rooms often recover more quickly than those facing a wall. Another study suggests that sprouting a green thumb is not only a gratifying and affordable way to feel good, it can foster successful aging.
Even houseplants can work this way. Eighteen assisted living residents were recently invited to join a class to learn about indoor gardening. Following the course, they were each given a plant to care for. Positive effects were seen because the participants experienced the responsibility of taking care of something. Some of the senior citizens involved said it had been a long time since they had to take care of anything, other than themselves. Studies have linked houseplants to the reduction of stress and indoor air pollution.
Getting back to our happy clerk at a local nursery. A survey of workers suggests almost nine in
ten florists and gardeners say they are happy in their jobs. Eighty-two percent agreed that being able to use and hone their skills every day helped to boost their job satisfaction. Those largely desk-based, well paid, high-pressure jobs do not appear to provide workers with fulfillment, the survey said. Those ranking lowest on the happiness index were bankers, with just 44 percent reporting they were happy.
If you have no space for an outdoor garden, get an indoor plant or two and learn how to
take care of them. Perhaps bankers would become more satisfied with their work if a plant or two rested on their desks. Granted taking care of them, especially a whole garden full, can be overwhelming at times. But a good way to look at this is, we may not be able to change many of the problems in our lives, but we can learn to take care of plants.
God is responsible for the flowers that bring us so much joy. Obviously He knew they would be a delight to us and made them for our pleasure. To Him goes the glory. Psalm 104:24 says: ” O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all, the earth is full of your creatures.”
I decided to take my camera with me and take photos of people buying plants. Take just one look at their faces, then you tell me, are people who buy plants happy people?
Below each photo is a quotation about plants. A favorite of mine is “The garden is the mirror of the heart.” My heart sings joyfully at the sight of a beautiful garden. How does gardening affect you? I hope you’ll write to me.