The pandemic and prolonged incarceration due to lock down, intensify the need to look for ways to help improve psychology.
According to international research by Greek and foreign researchers, having plants at home has a very positive effect on people's psychology during the lockdown due to the pandemic.
Research by scientists in Greece (Hellenic Mediterranean University of Crete), Spain (University of Seville), Italy (University of Genoa) and Brazil (Federal Provincial University of Pernambuco) included 4,205 people in 46 countries during the first spring pandemic.
From the Greek side participated Maria Kaltsidi (University of Seville), as well as Panagiotis Nektarios and George Markakis (from the Hellenic Mediterranean University of Crete).
Three-quarters of the participants (74%) said that houseplants helped them feel better, as long as they were confined and could not go out freely to go outdoors and in nature.
More than half (56%) said that during this difficult time they would like to have more plants around them, both inside and outside the house. In addition, those who had no plants at all were more likely to experience various negative emotions during the lockdown, especially those young men and women living in small, dimly lit homes.
Half (52%) said they spent more time caring for their plants during the lockdown, while almost two in three (63%) said they would continue to do so after the restrictive measures. Finally, 40% expressed an intention to have more plants in their home in the future.
The findings were published in the journal Urban Forestry and Urban Greening.
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