I Can Grow a happy place
Grow plants to support a campaign around wellbeing
Research has found that gardening is beneficial for everyone’s health and wellbeing. Heading outdoors can provide us with a welcome escape from our hectic lives. Gardening gives us a sense of responsibility which can help to boost our confidence and make us feel connected to the world around us. By working with nature, we can relax and enjoy living in the moment, feeling that we are making a difference.
What can you do?
If your class or group is interested in growing a happy place, here are a few suggestions of what they could do:
Grow plants for the five senses such as chives, rosemary, sage, thyme, mint, lavender
Do some exercise that gets their hearts pumping, such as digging, raking or turning compost
Develop a new skill and enjoy the sense of achievement. Try something new, such as weeding, or pruning, or learn how to make something for the garden, such a bug hotel or recycled plant pot
Notice the small things by taking time to look around. Explore what plants feel or smell like and listen to the sounds around them
Grow plants that can be given away to people to make them smile
Use these discussion points to get your group thinking about growing a happy place:
More advanced questions:
Why does getting outdoors in the fresh air make problems seem more solvable? What plants do you identify with or make you feel a certain way?
Doing good and helping others can have an enormous impact on how we feel about ourselves. How can we combine acts of kindness with gardening, to benefit others as well as ourselves?
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