A two-time graduate of Monmouth University, John F. Abate is a New Jersey resident whose professional work centers on the ownership and operation of the websites Marketforce, Wintrack, and Success Publishers, LLC. When he is offline, John F. Abate enjoys spending his free time engaging in hobbies like gardening.
Beyond its value as a relaxing pastime, recent studies have shown that gardening may actually have a number of important health benefits. One study conducted by researchers in the Netherlands found that gardening outside was particularly useful for lowering stress. Those who participated in the activity had lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and displayed more elevated mood levels than study participants who engaged in a session of reading indoors.
Another study from 2013 indicates that people who garden regularly may reduce the likelihood of both stroke and heart disease. Spending time in a garden has also been shown to have a positive effect on immune regulation, symptoms of depression, and may even help reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Additionally, when performed in a social setting, such as a community garden, this dynamic hobby has also been proven to deter loneliness. It allows gardeners to bond and connect with others who share common interests.