ALL YOU NEED IS 15 MINUTES A DAY GARDENING
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 8th April 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The intention of this blog is to try and cheer you up and help you find the positive side of life in a tough world.
Here are a couple of things we hope will help you.
15-minute daily dose of gardening can boost your health, says horticulture charity.
Just 15 minutes can help to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
National horticulture charity, Thrive, is urging people left struggling mentally from lockdown to try a 15-minute daily dose of gardening to lower stress levels, anxiety and depression.
From fostering human connects to building strength, the health benefits of gardening are extensive, both physically and mentally. Recognising the power of horticulture, Thrive wants to encourage Brits to garden for their own good this spring — and beat the blues together.
In order to get people outside, the charity is offering a free four-week calendar of simple daily activities to help Brits connect, learn, stay active, give, and take notice of the natural world around them. Easy for everyone to get involved, all you have to do is download the free guide, slip on your gardening gloves and get planting.
“Research has shown that many people’s mental health has suffered during the pandemic,” Kathryn Rossiter, Thrive’s CEO, said. “Gardening and being in nature can make a world of difference by reducing stress, anxiety and depression.
“There are so many people who have struggled through the recent lockdown months and Thrive wants to put a spring back in their step by showing them, through easy and accessible activities, how gardening and nature can help.”
Gardeners’ World presenter Mark Lane welcomes the initiative, adding: “Regular engagement with gardening and nature offers so many advantages for health, and spring is a wonderful time to start experiencing them.
“After a tough winter, I’m delighted that Thrive is encouraging people, whatever their abilities, to try simple activities that can boost wellbeing.”
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ARTICLE BY LISA WALDEN COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE
BEING AROUND BIRDS MAKES US HAPPY, SCIENCE CONFIRMS
Not one but two pieces of research have found that being in the presence of birds makes us happier. One of the studies, by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, concluded that it can increase life satisfaction by the equivalent of adding £150 a week to our income.
“According to our findings, the happiest Europeans are those who can experience numerous different bird species in their daily life, or who live in near-natural surroundings that are home to many species,” said the study’s lead author, Professor Joel Methorst, in a press release.
Time to go for a walk in the woods this weekend, then!
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
TOP 24 NODDY BOOKS
- Noddy Goes to Toyland (1949)
- Hurrah for Little Noddy (1950)
- Noddy and His Car (1951)
- Here Comes Noddy Again! (1951)
- Well Done Noddy! (1952)
- Noddy Goes to School (1952)
- Noddy at the Seaside (1953)
- Noddy Gets into Trouble (1954)
- Noddy and the Magic Rubber (1954)
- You Funny Little Noddy (1955)
- Noddy Meets Father Christmas (1955)
- Noddy and Tessie Bear (1956)
- Be Brave, Little Noddy! (1956)
- Noddy and the Bumpy-Dog (1957)
- Do Look Out, Noddy (1957)
- You’re a Good Friend, Noddy (1958)
- Noddy Has an Adventure (1958)
- Noddy Goes to Sea (1959)
- Noddy and the Bunkey (1959)
- Cheer Up, Little Noddy! (1960)
- Noddy Goes to the Fair (1960)
- Plod and Little Noddy (1961)
- Noddy and the Tootles (1962)
- Noddy and the Aeroplane (1963)
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
I love those who can smile in trouble. – Leonardo da Vinci
Happiness is… A5 minutes in the garden listening to birdsong.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
I saw a sign that said “watch for children” and I thought: “That sounds like a fair trade”.
Love is… sitting in the garden together listening to the birds.
A time to weed the garden…a time to sit in the garden and enjoy it.
1977 The Clash release their debut album of the same name.
1949 I was born – Happy Birthday to me.
1941 British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood—who, with her partner, Malcolm McLaren, extended the influence of the 1970s punk music movement into fashion—was born.
1938 Kofi Annan was born – Ghanaian statesman and secretary-general of the United Nations, April 8, 1938.
6Th and 4th Century On this day most practitioners of Buddhism in Japan celebrate the birth of the Buddha, who lived in India sometime between the 6th and the 4th century bce and founded Buddhism.
LITTLE NUMBERS: SOME HORRBLE SOME NICE
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