Can Green Improve your Mood?

Can Green Improve your Mood?

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Do you like having greenery around you? I know I do. It’s great living near and exploring it. In Oregon, we are certainly not short on having nature around. Tall, luscious spruce trees, bushes growing blackberries, and in spring our rhododendron flowers bloom all over the coast.

There’s something really fantastic about God creating plants for us to enjoy. They’re not only healthy to live off of but just being in the presence of shrubs improves the emotions.

Even in this pandemic, it’s still a good thing to get out and visit a park. just to be near nature. Though I’m self-isolated, I still open my windows and smell the trees near our apartment. It’s serene and comforting and the world doesn’t seem so complicated.

When my mom was alive, she loved to grow all kinds of plants and she definitely had a green thumb. I remember her always growing something in our little Chicago apartment. She dressed the windows with various plants and herbs.

When I got on my own, I also grew herbs in my kitchen. I love watching them bloom and with my 2nd hubby, we planted some bushes in Florida when we lived in our townhouse. They didn’t grow fast but when they did, they filled the whole front yard and they were amazing! Since there was no nearby parks, having these bushes outside my door was a pure miracle.

Even as a little girl, I was always drawn to trees and would climb them. It always felt good to be around plants, flowers, and grass. Living in the big cities, I didn’t get to see much of nature as I do now. That might have been one reason my mom grew plants for us.

I remember reading “How Walking in the Nature Changes the Brain“, an article published in The New York Times about how and this one quote really stood out:

 “City dwellers also have a higher risk for anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses than people living outside urban centers, studies show.” 

When I lived in large cities, it was like we were all a CD playing in 10x fast forward 24/7. Everything had to be done yesterday.

The article above suggested that even finding a park to walk in helps improve the mood. When I lived in Georgia and I could walk in the park across the street from the bank I worked at, I remember how that helped me. I was more refreshed the rest of the day.

When we moved to Oregon in 2012, my health greatly improved. Stress is not something completely avoidable, but being around greens is playing a huge role in keeping me healed.

I thank Jesus that I can look out my window and see those beautiful trees blowing in the wind that He so beautifully created. 🙂 

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.