Happier in a home with plants? A study on the relationship between human wellbeing and ornamental plants in private households
Ornamental plants are an integral part of human life in developed countries. There are many benefits of amenity and ornamental horticulture in modern societies. However, in most cases the positive effects are documented for ornamental public areas (parks) or workspaces. Little is known about the relationship between ornamental plants and the human quality of life and wellbeing at the private level. The trend of withdrawing into one's own home in times of uncertainty (cocooning) encourages the need to explore if and how ornamental plants in households can improve mental wellbeing. In a representative online survey, 1,200 German consumers were interviewed about their living conditions, life style, their relation with ornamental plants, economic and socio-demographic situation, as well as their satisfaction with life in general and their satisfaction with housing conditions. A group comparison showed that persons with ornamental plants in their home were both significantly more satisfied with their life in general and with their housing situation. Multiple regression analysis revealed that the ownership of ornamental plants had a strong direct effect on housing satisfaction, but indirectly, influenced life satisfaction.
Bermejo, G. and Sparke, K. (2019). Happier in a home with plants? A study on the relationship between human wellbeing and ornamental plants in private households. Acta Hortic. 1258, 47-54
mental wellbeing, life satisfaction, sustainable, horticulture, regression analysis