Research has shown that gardening at home brings emotional, physical and social benefits, be it as an individual, couple, family or neighbourhood community. Gardening can lower stress levels , and increases the rate of recovery from stress , exhaustion and burn-out . Recovery returns individuals to an equivalent quality of life than before burn-out .
By incorporating nature in daily routines, it increases job satisfaction , and lowers rates of minor illnesses such as headaches and sickness , and increases life satisfaction more generally .
Gardening supports flow states where detaching from demanding environments is soothing  and restful . It makes problems more solvable, less severe and of shorter duration and decreases procrastination over life issues . It allows space for emerging buried thoughts and feelings to be processed  and increases a sense of hope .
Gardeners have more positive self-identity and optimism than non-gardeners  and report increased levels of satisfaction, pride and creativity associated with developing gardens . Gardening households consume more fruit and vegetables daily than non-gardening households , with increased nutrient density in home-grown produce over transported produce .
Working together promotes well-being.. Couples report an improved relationship, better communication and increased levels of patience following gardening together .
Children play more creatively , are more inquisitive in the garden , whilst gardening reinforces positive relationships with parents  and the environment . Children are more likely to eat own-grown fruit and vegetables  and show higher levels of knowledge about nutrition ; they are better at communication and decision-making  and have higher self-esteem than non-gardening children .
Neighbourhoods report extended social networks , better local motivation  and cohesion , social integration and pride following community gardening . Living near plants predicts lower life stress, increased familiarity with neighbourhoods, an increased sense of local community and more frequent use of communal spaces , whilst improved social ties predicts a greater sense of safety . Ease of access to nature is the strongest factor of neighbourhood satisfaction .