How Greenery Can Help You Live Longer

A recent Harvard University study shows that living around green vegetation increases women's life expectancy and mental health. Here are 5 ways to add some green to your life.

Everyone wants to live longer and healthier lives, and now, thanks to a recent Harvard University School of Public Health study, there's an easy way women can! Research fellow Peter James and his team concluded that women who live around green vegetation (trees, parks, plants, etc.) have a 12% lower mortality rate--particularly in cancer and respiratory-related illnesses.

Trees have been known to absorb noise and air pollution, but James also says having greenery around your home increases mental and physical health because it can encourage physical activity and socializing. Spending time in green spaces is directly linked to lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress, leading to a longer, better life. Here are 5 ways that you can make your space more green and reap the benefits. 

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