Living Green Magazine: Being in Nature Makes Us Healthier & Happier
Studies show that those who live among nature are the most happy and healthy.
That doesn’t surprise us.
While the city is a great place to live, work and play, you have to admit that getting out and reconnecting with nature feels good. We’re not saying that urban areas resemble the opening scene from “Terminator 2,” but research has consistently shown that mental health issues, including mood and anxiety disorders, are more prevalent in city dwellers.
Being around more trees, on the other hand, lowers stress and depression and improves work productivity. Studies have even found that pregnant women living in houses graced by more trees were significantly less likely to deliver undersized babies.
Just 20 minutes a day among the trees can boost your mood and energy levels, studies show.
“Nature is fuel for the soul,” said Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, in a release. “Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature.”