The benefits

What social scientists and scientists tell us

Research has shown that mindful gardening brings cognitive, psychological and interpersonal benefits in the workplace that improve performance, personal resilience and team-work.

Mindful gardening can enhance cognitive performance [1], promoting good levels of concentration, focus and memory recall [2], [3].

Gardening supports flow states which enables creative problem-solving [4], rational decision-making [5] and a reduction in procrastination [6]. Flow states allow space for thoughts and feelings to be processed effectively [7].

Mindful gardening can lower stress levels [8], [9], increases the rate of recovery from stress [10], exhaustion and burn-out [11], and increases the ability to cope with stress [12].

Mindful gardening can lower absenteeism and presenteeism by strengthening the immune system [13], lowering rates of minor illness such as headaches and sickness [14], and depression and anxiety [15], enabling people to recover from illnesses more effectively [16].

Mindfulness helps relating to others more skilfully and with more empathy. This leads to more engaged and productive working relationships [17]. It deepens our emotional intelligence, lessens reactivity, and reduces unproductive habits [18].

Mindful gardening increases job satisfaction [19], increases life satisfaction more generally [20] and promotes quality of life [21]. Workers become more positive [22], gain more positive self-identity, optimism [23] and report increased levels of satisfaction, pride and creativity [24].