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It's not just about beauty: Trees and plants around the home help us live longer

Surrounding ourselves with greenness can do more than just add beauty to the environment surrounding our homes. Research has found women who have more green vegetation around their homes have a lower chance of dying compared to those with fewer trees and plants. 

How trees and plants protect health
What the researchers found was women were 12 percent less likely to die from cancer, respiratory and kidney diseases when they had green spaces near their homes. 
The study was a collaborative effort between researchers at Harvard and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. 
The finding that is published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives reinforces what we already know about the health benefits of a natural environment.
The researchers literally looked at greenness around the women's homes using high resolution satellite imagery. 
There was a consistent link to lower mortality rates related to having more trees and other types of vegetation near to the women's home.