Research shows that time spent in a natural setting may counter the effects of busy daily life.
The route to improved health, reduced stress and greater focus may be a garden path - literally. Numerous studies continue to find that spending even a brief time in a green setting, or even looking out a window at a verdant landscape, has benefits.
In fact, if you could bottle the experience, it might be hailed as a miracle cure. Contact with nature has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce the frequency of headaches and illnesses, improve recovery rates for post-operative patients, and contribute to greater job satisfaction. There's even evidence it may help mitigate crime and violence.
People with easy access to natural settings have been found to be healthier overall than other individuals, and are more satisfied with life in general, according to a recent review of scientific literature from the past 30 years. One set of researchers found that people who simply viewed a videotape of a drive down a scenic parkway scored lower on a test of frustration levels than did those who viewed a drive through a cluttered metropolitan area.
Getting your recommended daily allowance of nature is easy. It doesn't even require a weekend in the wild. Here are a few simple tips to bring more green into your life:
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