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Leaf Your Troubles Behind: How to Destress and Grow Happiness through Plants

Leaf Your Troubles Behind: How to Destress and Grow Happiness through Plants

by Karen Hugg
Leaf Your Troubles Behind: How to Destress and Grow Happiness through Plants

Leaf Your Troubles Behind: How to Destress and Grow Happiness through Plants

by Karen Hugg

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Overview

Have you ever felt happier after a walk in the woods or fiddling with houseplants but your hectic life stressed you out again? In our rushed, tech-based, indoor society, we may yearn for a break but only manage to get through a noisy day and collapse in bed. Regaining a peaceful mind seems beyond reach. But what if there were easy, low-cost activities to heal the soul? What if we could regularly access tranquility? How would we do that? The answer may be in the simplest, most abundant thing all around us: plants. Plants are like a magic pill for our mental health. Growing science tells us they lower heart rates, make us more relaxed and productive, boost our immune system, help us live longer, and provide air, food, fragrance, and beauty. In Leaf Your Troubles Behind: How to Destress and Grow Happiness Through Plants, horticulturalist Karen Hugg draws on the science and two decades of professional gardening experience to help readers reduce stress and increase happiness. Through her original, approachable system of “Green Leisure,” you will: -discover nature’s scientifically proven power to heal us from stress -explore what “green leisure” activities are right for you -create a soothing green lounge at home, either via plants or just photos and décor -gain confidence in growing low-maintenance but rewarding plants, indoors and out -develop “green leisure” habits to ensure care for your soul any time of year With personal stories, the latest research, and fun easy-to-do activities, Karen guides readers in delving into the wonders of plants while “leafing” their daily stress behind and growing joy.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633888173
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 07/15/2022
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,076,513
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Karen Hugg is a writer and gardener with a passion for plants. She’s a certified ornamental horticulturalist and Master Pruner. She has helped hundreds of clients create relaxing, beautiful gardens via her garden design and maintenance company for almost 20 years, and has taught horticulture at the community college level. Now she writes about plants and gardening with published articles in Garden Center Magazine, Garden Rant, Northwest Garden News, and others. She also writes novels about plants and flowers, including The Forgetting Flower, The Dark Petals of Provence, and the forthcoming Harvesting the Sky. Hugg lives in the Seattle area with her husband, three adopted kids, and dog Olive.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part I Digging in the Soul's Dirt 1

1 A Modern Dilemma of Our Own Making 3

2 Slowing the Stress and Getting into Green Leisure 17

3 Growing Your Green Personality 33

Part II No-Goals Green Leisure 45

4 Learning and Imagining in Green 47

5 Experiencing Plants through the Senses 59

6 Idly Playing in the Plant World 75

7 Supporting a Little Green Life 89

8 Uniting with Like Nature Minds 103

9 Recognizing What We've Grown 119

10 Exercising Outside without Trying 135

Part III Blooming with Joy 149

11 The Healing Power of Houseplants 151

12 Creating an Indoor, Green Leisure Lounge 165

13 Creating an Outdoor, Green Leisure Lounge 187

14 Maintaining Nature's Magic 211

Acknowledgments 219

Appendix: Branching Outward 221

Notes 231

About the Author and Illustrator 243

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