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Japanese Study Suggests Keeping A Small Plant At An Office Desk Can Reduce Your Stress At Work

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Reduce Your Stress At Work

Nowadays, people have become used to doing a lot of work. As a result, they often become irritated or stressed due to overburdening of work on their shoulders. But for the sake of money, we have to do that by hook or crook. But you what there’s good news for you all that will help to keep stress at your work at bay. Do you want to know that? A recent study conducted in relation to the stress levels of employees in a workplace suggests that keeping small plants near the work desk can reduce some of your stress up to an extent.

Who conducted the study?

The research study was conducted by the University of Hyogo in Awaji that explains how placing small plants helps in removing the stress of office workers.

What does the study talk about?

A Small Plant At An Office Desk Can Reduce Your Stress At Work

The researchers of the study were Yuko Yokota, Marni Barnes, Masahiro Toyoda, and Midori Kaneko. They have studied the practical use of indoor plants and how do they boost the mental health of the employees at work.

We all very well know that plants bring mental peace and the study has also proved the same thing. To conduct the study, the researchers have done this study in the real office settings to know the impact of indoor plants on the employees and then calculated the stress reduction on employees.

The findings of the study are published in the article named, “Potential of a Small Indoor Plant on the Desk for Reducing Office Workers’ Stress“. It is published in the open-access journal HortTechnology, by the American Society for Horticultural Science.

Toyoda adds with respect to the study, “At present, not so many people fully understand and utilize the benefit of stress recovery brought by plants in the workplace. To ameliorate such situations, we decided it essential to verify and provide scientific evidence for the stress restorative effect by nearby plants in a real office setting.”

The experiment was done with 63 workers

A Small Plant At An Office Desk Can Reduce Your Stress At Work

The experiment was done with 63 workers in Japan to evaluate the psychological and physiological changes before and after placing the small plants on the worker’s desks.

The goal of the study

Reduce Your Stress At Work

The main purpose to conduct the study was to verify the stress-reducing effects of looking at a plant intentionally in the office when you feel tired during office hours. Both the active and passive movements were taken into consideration while conducting the study. The researchers have considered that looking at plants intentionally doesn’t involve any physical movement, active interaction with plants that office workers could do quickly and easily at their desks. Participants were free to choose the plant of their choice and keep it near their work desk.

What were the results?

decreased significantly from pre to post-intervention

The results turned out to be positive. The calming effects which were calculated during the study have shown that anxiety level in the employees has decreased significantly from pre to post-intervention.

The researchers have suggested that placing small plants within the close to your work desk has helped in contributing to reducing the psychological stress among the office workers.

Would you place your favourite plant at your work stress now?

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Priya is a passionate writer, she loves to write about different niches belonging to travel, lifestyle, health, fitness, finance etc. She is looking for new challenges when it comes to writing articles. She has written plenty by now and eager to write more because this is what she enjoys doing, which is why it turns out to be so fascinating! Apart from writing, she also loves cooking and reading different genre novel.

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Coca-Cola Says Consumers Still Want It’s Soft Drink In Plastic Bottles

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Do you know plastic giant, Coca-Cola was recently named as the world’s largest plastic waste producer in a global plastic audit? The company produces about three million tons of plastic packaging each year which is equivalent to 200,000 bottles per minutes, according to the BBC. The company has refused to make plastic bottles, they now want to create single-use plastic. But it’s the customers “who still want those plastic bottles”, which is reusable and resaleable. They don’t want the company to replace their plastic bottles with something else like aluminium or glass.

Though the company has pledged to use at least 50% recycled material in its packaging by 2030 and to partner with NGOs to improve waste collection, they are obligated to the demands of its customers.

The company’s head of sustainability, Bea Perez speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos saying that their customers liked their light-weight and resalable bottles. She also said that replacing plastic bottles with aluminium or glass would ‘increase their carbon footprint’ and affect sales.

“Business won’t be in business if we don’t accommodate consumers,” she said. “So as we change our bottling infrastructure, move into recycling and innovate, we also have to show the consumer what the opportunities are. They will change with us.”

The reality is that neither recycling nor switching to another material like aluminium or glass will be a cure-all for all the mess generated by the single-use products. The continuous use of single-use plastic packaging will translate to pumping more throwaway plastic into the environment. It will leave behind an even bigger environmental footprint than plastic.

What we want is to lessen up the use of plastic in any form, as it is the major cause of creating pollution. We wish that the company should work towards ending up its use and not to produce anymore even if it’s the customer wants. As we wish to create a pollution-free and sustainable planet.

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Delhi Airport Has Started An All-Woman Cab Service ‘Woman With Wheels’ To Make Women Feel Safer

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In a bid to make women feel safer while entering the national capital region, Delhi airport has started a new initiative i.e. a private all-women cab service especially for women from the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The all-women cab service is known as ‘Women with Wheels‘. This service can be availed for any part of Delhi. It operates from a kiosk near pillar number 16 at the airport. I think that’s a great initiative taken to ensure the safety of women in Delhi and it has a long way to go.

Who drives these cars?

The cabs are run exclusively for women commuters and are driven by women drivers only who are hired from an NGO named Azad Foundation, said Arvind Vadera, the CEO of Sakha Consulting Wings, the company that is running this service. Men are allowed to enter the cab only if they are accompanied by a woman.

What does this Azad Foundation do?

Sakha Consulting Wings

Azad Foundation is an NGO that trains women belonging from the economically weaker background to become professional drivers among other things.

One of the women drivers said, “Now that I am standing on my feet. I feel I can do anything. I’m living my life freely now,”.

Until now, the company has a fleet of 20 cars with 10 drivers said Vadera. They are further trying to expand their fleet.

From where did this idea come?

The CEO if the company added that this idea came from seeing women who feel uncomfortable while travelling in city cabs. “Normally women who land at the airport in the late hours feel uncomfortable while hiring taxis. We decided to provide them with cabs driven by women to make them feel safe,”.

Vadera further added, “The cabs have GPS and a panic button installed. So, if either the driver or commuter feels the need, they can call for help. We have a tie-up with a company called 24 Response that will send help within 30 minutes”.

Sakha Consulting Wings provide the all-women cab service in other cities as well including Indore, Jaipur, and Kolkata as well. If we talk about the rates, the rates of the cabs are equal to the rates of other city cabs.

What do you have you to say about this unique idea which is aimed at protecting the women from facing any mishappening while travelling?

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China Is Trying Its Best To Stop The Spread Of Wuhan Virus Ahead Of The Holiday

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China is grappling with a new coronavirus called the ‘Wuhan Virus’. The virus has taken away the lives of many peoples. Now, everyone is just afraid about the spread of this virus as the Chinese Lunar Year is approaching ahead. During this holiday, hundreds of millions of people prepare to travel to their home for a family reunion. Chinese Lunar New Year period is the largest annual human migration on Earth.

Last year also, approximately 7 million Chinese tourists have travelled abroad for Lunar New Year, as per the media sources.

Wuhan Virus in China

via: CNN

The holiday has come at the worst possible time where the health authorities are racing to face such a challenge and to get rid of it. The spread of the virus has put the rest of Asia on alert.

The risk of the spreading of the virus and affecting the number of people has been increased as Chinese authorities confirm the virus can spread by human to human contact.

Over 52 crore people are expected to be across China undertaking close to 3 billion trips to celebrate the Chinese New Year which is beginning from January 24, which could spread the virus at an alarming rate and thereby putting at risk the lives of so many people.

China Wuhan Virus

via: Independent

The disease was primarily originated in Wuhan and has affected other cities as well including Beijing and Shenzen. The disease has also made its way to Thailand, South Korea, and Japan.

Until now, more than 200 people have been diagnosed with this disease. The disease has pneumonia-like symptoms including high fever, difficulty in breathing, among others.

The main center for this outbreak was the local seafood market at Wuhan as the initial patients were mostly vendors and buyers at the market. The market was home to not just seafood but also a variety of other creatures like snakes and other amphibians. The market has also been shut now because of the fear of decontamination due to the spreading of the virus.

China Repored Wuhan Virus

via: CNA Photo/ Taiwan News

The Chinese medical authorities have confirmed that the disease will get spread by a human to human contact and the thing will become worse while celebrating the Chinese Lunar Year.

To prevent this situation and help people from getting affected by the Wuhan virus, the government should provide guidelines to the people who are entering the areas prone to this virus and also to the people who are living in the city and how one can seek medical help in case they feel sick.

Featured image source: US News & World Report

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