Growing your own plants in an indoor garden can be extremely rewarding; it’s a way to reconnect with nature and enjoy a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. One of the benefits often overlooked is that it can help you build people skills. Here are some of the many ways gardening can have an impact on your social life today:
Your new hobby can provide conversation starters
Plants are great conversation starters when you have guests over and you’re not sure how to break the ice. Having vibrant plants on display is sure to pique their curiosity and maybe even draw a few compliments - especially if you’re growing them in an eye-catching smart garden.
It’s an opportunity to tell them about your new hobby and impress them with your newfound knowledge of plants. They'll appreciate seeing how much care and attention you put into making your house feel like home. Who knows? You might even inspire someone to take up indoor gardening in their own home, leading to more conversations about a shared hobby!
Gardening teaches you to appreciate different kinds of life
There’s a saying that gardening is a metaphor for life. Just like our world is filled with many different personalities, plants also have many unique traits that we learn to appreciate. Gardening gives you a chance to observe how different plants grow; whether some prefer light to shade, how much water they require and what their best times for harvesting are.
In a way, growing plants can help us learn to appreciate different qualities in people. They encourage us to be flexible and open-minded, as well as to relax and appreciate life at its most basic level. The process of gardening can help us develop an appreciation for people who have different life experiences to us. Just like plants, we’re not all alike; we need care and attention to grow into something beautiful.
Growing plants boosts self-esteem
It’s no secret that growing plants helps with relaxation and mindfulness. Being able to see tangible results from your efforts is rewarding and satisfying in itself – especially when you see something grow from nothing! When we garden, we learn patience and perseverance – two qualities that are instrumental when it comes to understanding other people and working with people who are different to ourselves.
You can connect with other plant lovers online
Planting a seed and watching it grow is a satisfying experience. You'll want to share the fruits of your labor with family and friends. It's also a great way to meet people who have similar interests.
Online communities are one of the best ways to connect with other plant lovers. If you're looking for advice on how to grow specific types of plants, forums are an excellent resource. Click and Grow has a thriving Facebook community where growers share experiences, photos and tips on growing a wide variety of plants in their smart gardens.
Gardening teaches us to be observant and understanding
Gardening can teach us to relate to other people better by being more observant of our surroundings. When growing plants, we learn to look out for signs of growth and indications of what our plants may need. By becoming more observant of our surroundings, we can learn to be more in tune to the needs of others.
Gardening requires patience, which is something everyone could use more of. It helps us learn patience when waiting for plants to grow and bloom, so we can be patient with the people around us who may have a different view or understanding of things.
You can enjoy your garden with a friend or family member
Most of the time, when we think about having fun with our partner or children, we picture going to a movie, eating out, or perhaps attending a local festival. Indoor gardening offers an opportunity to spend quality time with the people you care about in a new way.
Growing herbs together can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your kids, allowing you to show them how plants grow and helping them to learn patience (something that's not easy for children).
Indoor gardening is also a great chance for couples to connect and discuss what they're growing, especially if they share the responsibilities of caring for the plants and harvesting their produce. With indoor gardening, you can always try something new.
Plants make you more attractive to others
It’s interesting to think that plants could help out with matters of the heart. Someone who loves plants is someone who has great care for details - one of the qualities that makes for a loving partner.
Research published in the Journal of Social Influence found that females were much more likely to accept an invitation for a date if they’d just been sitting in a room full of flowers. There’s something about the presence of plants that makes people more relaxed, open and adventurous.
Another way plants make you more attractive is by improving your physical and mental well-being. When you’re enjoying a vitamin-rich diet and surrounding yourself with greenery, you naturally feel happier and healthier. When you’re happy, it radiates from you and attracts others.
So, why not start an indoor garden of your own this month? Or, if you already own a garden, why not grow some new plants you’ve never tried before? The experience can make you feel better about yourself and your relationships with others. Have fun with it!
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