According to research by the Harvard School of Public Health, women who live in homes with the highest level of greenness in the surrounding 250 meters, had a 12% lower death rate than their peers who had less exposure to nature.
Although there are many factors at play here, the evidence suggests that green spaces like forests, gardens and parks contribute so much to the overall health and well-being of women, that their lifespan is actually extended.
Women who lived in green spaces were more physically active, had a lower chance of dying from cancer, respiratory disease and kidney disease.
Gardening does more for you than contribute to a happier state of mind; it also exposes women who dig in the dirt to vitamin D from the sunlight, and fresh air thanks to the work plants do to reduce pollution.
If you're lucky enough to live with a garden, count your blessings! You've got a fountain of youth in your own back yard!