If you are a keen gardener, you don't need me to tell you that gardening can lift your spirits. And there is research to back us up; the UK magazine Gardeners World polled 1,500 adults and found that 80 per cent of gardeners feel satisfied with their lives compared with 67 per cent of non-gardeners. Interestingly, there is growing evidence that gardening may have a positive effect in reducing depression. Of course depression is a complex condition and there is never going to be one magic cure that works for everyone, but with the rates of depression increasing it is worth considering any approaches that can offer some relief.
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