Living in contact with nature is good for the mind and body. Science confirms this

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That connecting with nature brings benefits to the mood and mind is certainly not new, but further confirmation comes from a series of researches. In our daily life we ​​need the thousand benefits that only being outdoors can give us.

That connecting with nature brings benefits to the mood and mind is certainly not new, but further confirmation comes from a series of researches. In our daily life we ​​need the thousand benefits that only being outdoors can give us.





We need to spend more time in contact with nature to get away from the dullness, the smog of the cities and the hustle and bustle. Sometimes, it's enough to take a breath of fresh air to get off to a great start.

Just a walk, a day of trekking, a mountain bike ride or a simple picnic in the park. Planning a different weekend, away from home and from the PC, can give us the right momentum to face a new week.

La nature is a cure-all, it gives us calm and makes us feel much more energetic, let's see what science thinks. In recent weeks, four new studies have emerged that add validity to all of this: nature makes the brain stronger and soothes the psyche.

For example, one study demonstrates how the brains of elderly people living near the forest are more responsive than those living in cities, another shows the positive effects that a simple condominium park has on children; a third that even the encounter with a flower or a wild animal can change the mood.

Finally, the fourth study concludes that there are places like rural and coastal areas that make people happier than others in cities. Nothing strange, we could say because the strength of Mother Nature is well known.

But then why very often we do not take care of our environment and we disfigure and mortify it in favor of aurbanization wild?

"Exposure to nature increases people's social well-being, yet today we are becoming increasingly disconnected from it around us," says Holli-Anne Passmore, PhD student in psychology at the University of British Columbia on the Okanagan campus and author of a study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology.



The four searches

Let's see in detail what the research has revealed. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development have found that elderly inhabitants living within a few kilometers of forests have levels of stress minimum. In practice, nature helps to keep the brain more plastic and this greatly affects the removal of diseases related to senility. The study was published in Scientific Reports.

In Spain, researchers studied the behavior of 1500 children of two cities. They found that those whose homes were surrounded by green bushes, trees and flowers scored higher on two different cognitive attention tests than those who lived in homes that did not have vegetation around them.

"Greater contact with green is associated with improved brain development in children that affects quality and length of life," explains Payam Dadvand, first author of the study, which appeared in the journal Environment Health Perspectives.

The third study, published in the journal Environment and Behavior, asked research participants to tell about their excursions and their daily lives. This resulted in greater relaxation and less stress in subjects living in rural areas or coastal areas.

“We found that our mental well-being and emotional connection with nature can differ, depending on the type and quality of an environment we visit,” said Kayleigh Wyles, lead author of the study.

We talked about the benefits of nature here:

  • LIVING IN CONTACT WITH NATURE IS GOOD FOR THE BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT: SCIENCE CONFIRMS IT
  • THIS IS WHY 30 MINUTES IN NATURE ARE GOOD FOR THE BODY AND MIND
  • LIVING IN CONTACT WITH NATURE: 5 WAYS TO BE HEALTHIER AND HAPPY
  • 5 REASONS WHY LIVING IN CONTACT WITH NATURE IS GOOD!

Finally, the latest research, that of Passmore, has shown that living in contact with nature, even if for a few hours a week, brings benefits to the body, mind and spirit because it helps to socialize and get out of individualism. .



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