Gardening Promotes Neuroendocrine and Affective Restoration from Stress

@article{Berg2011GardeningPN,
  title={Gardening Promotes Neuroendocrine and Affective Restoration from Stress},
  author={A. E. van den Berg and Mari{\"e}tte H G Custers},
  journal={Journal of Health Psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={16},
  pages={11 - 3}
}
Stress-relieving effects of gardening were hypothesized and tested in a field experiment. Thirty allotment gardeners performed a stressful Stroop task and were then randomly assigned to 30 minutes of outdoor gardening or indoor reading on their own allotment plot. Salivary cortisol levels and self-reported mood were repeatedly measured. Gardening and reading each led to decreases in cortisol during the recovery period, but decreases were significantly stronger in the gardening group. Positive… Expand
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