In today’s world of technological advancements, political polarization, the responsibilities of life and career, and the unending world of social media chatter, many of us are stressed out, inside all the time, and yearning for peace. After certified horticulturalist and master pruner Karen Hugg discovered the miraculous effects of peaceful planting on her own life, she wondered whether these powerful benefits were limited to people who had a garden. Can apartment dwellers heal from their stress with either a small or no outdoor area? Is it possible to create a soothing green space indoors with houseplants? And, for those who are either physically unable or uninclined to grow plants, could they benefit as well by mimicking a green space through photos and decor? According to the growing amount of scientific research about the healing effects of nature, the answer is yes. Leaf Your Troubles Behind shows readers how to discover nature’s healing effects to reduce stress and increase happiness. This practical and inspiring book puts forth the concept of “Green Leisure”, an original and approachable system for dialing into nature’s healing via seven basic destressing strategies. Composed of relatable stories, insightful scientific research, and fun, easy-to-do exercises for beginners and experts alike, this guide to houseplants and their profound impact will be a refreshing oasis in our mostly indoor world of work, school, and home where screens, not nature, dominate our lives. Through stories, science, and easily replicable exercises, Leaf Your Troubles Behind offers detailed how-to advice on creating your own plant-oriented space to unlock and maintain the power of nature at home.
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