The Comfort of Green — and Connections

The Ko'olaus at the top of our valley

Good Morning, God!

The Ko’olau Mountains at the top of our valley are always green. The ridges turn to a brown as summer lengthens but I can always see green as I look up the valley.

Green is a comforting color, God. Green means things are growing — alive. Hmm. I just turned around and saw the two palms that I have in my office. Yes, I like green.

I wonder if there are any studies done on the effects of  plants on peoples’ health and mood? Ah, God! One has only to think of the question and Google has answered it!

Yes, plants do positively affect the perceived health and well-being of office workers when foliage plants are present. So says an article in the Journal of the the International Society of the Built Environment. The article reports: “Complaints regarding cough and fatigue were reduced by 37% and 30%, respectively, if the offices contained plants.” Interesting.

I know that interacting with pets also seems to be good for our health, God. Hmm. A supportive web of connections with our fellow humans is especially good for our health. It seems that You have designed us to be connected. I like that, God. I like connections.

Story teller,

Posted in Colors, comfort, connections, web of life

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