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RANGE REVIEW: GARDEN & WOODCARE: RANGE REVIEW GA ANGE REVIEW: ARDEN & WOOD


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PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS


THE HOT


With new research revealing the positive psycholog ical benefits of outdoor projects, Kiran Grewal finds out why Brits dig gardening, and how retailers can hone in on the wellbeing trend.


T


echnology has immersed us into a world far beyond our own, and with an increased number of people


spending more time in front o f a screen than they do outdoors, research from B&Q last month has actually revealed that 87% of us feel happier after doing home improvement pr ojects, and gar dens have been singled out as holding a wealth of happiness potential.


Brits ar e being called upon to get gar dening, as results show 86% of us feel an immediate positive mood boost after doing an outdoor project and 55% enjoy their space much more afterwards. The research, which was commissioned by home improvement and garden retailer B&Q, asked 2,000 homeowners


about the impact


home improvements have on their overall happiness. It


revealed that spending tim e maintaining and helping your garden to thrive, directly results in emotional benefits of happiness (55%), r elaxation (37%) and feelings of calm (31%). The physical process


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of updating a home also results in incr eased home pride (71%), a greater sense of ownership (51%) and improved self-confidence (25%).


Let’s get physical


The results fr om the B&Q survey show a similar pattern to that of one conducted by Squir e’s Gar den Centres in May last year whichr,, found that a massive 93% of people said that gar dening helps to keep them fit and healthy


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As well as being good for your y,, gardening is good for your mind and soul too; 92% of people felt that gardening gave them space to think and clear their mind, whilst 45% of people surveye d said that gardening made them feel happy


y, y, and 40% of people


said it made them feel relaxed and calm. Spending time outdoors helps to feel less stressed, improves mood and enhances concentration by allowing us to recover from mental fatigue.


Squire’s Gar den Centres deputy chairman Sarah Squir e adds: “The therapeutic ef fects of gar dens and gardening are well know n, and our survey results demonstrate


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