AgriLife Today: A walk on the wild side becomes more than just exerciseNovember 13, 2020 by Lemos Kelly

November 6 2020 // by Carrie Baker

Agrilife Today explains people’s attachment to nature through their Basic Psychological Needs. Studies suggest human wilderness connection has psychological roots and could reduce disease risk.

The study found that people’s attachment to the wilderness can be explained by their basic psychological needs for autonomy, relatedness and competence. Additional research links place attachment, specifically to areas where trees are plentiful, to feelings of well-being, suggesting that spending time in natural areas can provide positive mental and physical health outcomes and improve healing.