Living near a forest improves the quality of life, the word of science

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If you love walking among nature, climbing trees, breathing pure air and listening to the silence of the forest, then you may have the secret to living for a long time in your pocket. And if you are immersed in wooded expanses, the benefits for the mood and the mind are not lacking, word of science.



If you love walking among nature, climbing trees, breathing pure air and listening to the silence of the forest, then you may have the secret to living for a long time in your pocket. And if you are immersed in wooded expanses, the benefits for the mood and the mind are not lacking, word of science.



The Japanese term Shinrin-yoku it literally translates as 'bathroom in the forest' and argues that spending more time in nature could have some health benefits.

We have already talked about the fact that nature is a cure-all capable of giving calm and making us feel more energetic, four studies confirm that it makes the brain stronger and soothes the psyche.

Now new research conducted by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin headed by psychologist Simone Kuhn, explains that living near a wood or forest helps fight stress and regulate emotions. The study involved senior volunteers living in urban areas and those living near Berlin woods.

By analyzing the data of the 341 participants, the researchers gathered important information. First of all, living in nature brings benefits to the amygdala, that is the part of the brain that manages emotions and especially fear. But beware of these results, there were only in the case of proximity to woods and forests and not just parks and urban green spaces.

Yet previous research had established that staying close to trees and streams had a fundamental impact on longevity, on controlling aggression, on cognitive development.

Especially since the trees improve the air quality, they are essential to avoid natural disasters and make urban environments more comfortable. The interaction with green also improves memory and attention, bringing us back to an inner harmony.

“People living in areas where there are trees on the roads report a better perception of health and death rates are lower,” the research reads.


Participants were given a memory test and then underwent MRI tests to assess the health and structure of the areas that process stress. The scan data was then crossed with the subjects' places of residence and the number of times they went to green areas.


The result? The inhabitants who live near woods and forests have a healthier brain structure and therefore better cope with stress. The factors were also confirmed after taking education and income into account.

Trees therefore not only make us healthier, but happier as well.

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