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Placing small indoor plants on office desks could reduce employees'' stress levels, according to new research.

一項新的研究表明,在辦公桌上擺放一些小型室內植物可以減輕員工的壓力。

If one of your resolutions for 2020 is to reduce your stress levels, then putting a plant on your work desk could help, according to new Japanese research.

日本的一項最新研究表明,如果你希望在2020年減輕自己的壓力,那么在辦公桌上放一盆植物可能會對你有所幫助。

Carried out by researchers at the University of Hyogo in Awaji, the new study set out to investigate whether indoor plants could boost mental health among office workers, a group that typically doesn''t have much exposure to healthy green environments.

淡路島的兵庫縣大學的研究人員開展了此次研究,研究目的是調查室內植物是否能促進辦公室職員的心理健康。調查對象是平常很少接觸綠色植物的辦公室職員。



The findings, published in the journal HortTechnology, by the American Society for Horticultural Science, showed that psychological stress, as measured by the participants'' levels of anxiety, decreased significantly from before to after the intervention stage of the study. Psychological stress levels also dropped significantly after three minutes of gazing at the plant, as measured by taking the pulse rates of participants.

這項研究發表由美國園藝學會《HortTechnology》雜志上,結果表明,通過衡量參與者的兩個階段焦慮程度,在實驗組,參與者的心理壓力相較于對照組顯著下降。類似地,通過測量參與者的脈搏頻率,在凝視植物三分鐘后,心理壓力水平也顯著下降。

Moreover, anxiety levels decreased across all age groups and regardless of which plant the participant had sexted.

此外,不論參與者選擇哪種植物,各個年齡組的參與者的焦慮水平都有所下降。

Many participants also responded positively to caring for their plants, feeding back positive comments such as "Seeing my own plant growing was fun" or "Taking care of the plant was recreational." The researchers say that choosing their own plant and feeling affection for it could have contributed to the decrease in the participants'' psychological stress, along with having plants within close sight.

許多參與者都很樂意地照顧自己的植物,并且反饋了一些積極的評論,比如“看著自己的植物生長很有趣”或“照顧植物很有趣”。研究人員表示,選擇自己喜歡的植物,并對其產生喜愛之情,可能有助于減少參與者的心理壓力,同時還能讓他們更近距離地欣賞植物。

They added that the findings suggest that placing small indoor plants in offices could be an economical and effective way to improve office conditions for workers.

研究人員補充說,這個研究結果說明,在改善員工辦公環境方面,辦公室里放置一些小型室內植物或許是一種經濟有效的方法。