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Pictures of plants are enough to make employees calmer

Many staff keep a pot plant in the office to improve their feeling of wellbeing, yet a new study has found simply having a picture of greenery could be enough to lower stress levels.

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The study, published in the Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that even images of sparse vegetation lowered stress levels and heart rates. Researchers from the VU University Medical Center in the Netherlands used a group of 46 students and compared how they reacted to induced stress before and after looking at images of plants or of urban landscapes.
“This study indicates that five minutes of viewing urban green space can support recovery from stress as shown in enhanced parasympathetic activity,” the report concluded. “These findings strengthen and deepen the growing evidence base for health benefits of green space in the living environment.”

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