| Story by Laura Kiran |
We all have heard that spending time in nature can be good for us but here’s some top reasons why, and how a growing collection of research seems to be providing some proof:
1. Relieves Stress
Nature has a calming reaction, and more and more bodies of research are supporting that fact. While scientists are still working to totally understand the reasons why, the stress reducing effects of the outdoors can be seen in studies of those living closer to green space. According to a five-year study conducted by English researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School, city dwellers living near natural areas reported less mental distress than those who did not.
These results were true even after adjusting the researchers’ results for income, education and employment – factors which are also linked to a sense of well-being. Living closer to green space has also been correlated with fewer stress hormones circulating in the bloodstream. Maybe it’s because Zen moments are abundant in the outdoors. You just have to be open to noticing them.