Wellness is no longer just about being healthy. It goes deeper, embracing positivity, relaxation and self-care. A happy mind leads to a happy body.
Being surrounded by air purifying plants, finding a quiet place to meditate or eating a plant-based diet are all reflections of wellness trends that have become status symbols for people who make health a priority.
The new study of neuro-conservation from Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, an evolutionary ecologist and research associate at the California Academy of Sciences, says being in nature and around water shifts our brain towards hope and compassion and away from stress and anger.
Research today reinforces wisdom of the ages – from Cyrus the Great of Persia, who built relaxation gardens 2,500 years ago, to Fredrick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture – all types of gardeners continue to follow this ancient prescription for mental and physical wellness. And that’s good news for gardeners.
With this leading global consumer trend, the theme of the 2018 GTR is Nature’s Rx for Mental Wellness.