Nature & Psychology

So I've always thought that spending time in nature is good for you, but it looks like science is coming to the same conclusion: 

"Maintaining a connection to nature, either through the presence of indoor plants or artwork depicting the natural environment, has been shown to decrease stress levels and stimulate healing. Newly published research suggests it may also make us better people."

"A series of studies suggests immersion in nature "brings individuals closer to others, whereas human-made environments orient goals toward more selfish or self-interested ends," according to a posted onpaper  the Web site of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin."

http://www.miller-mccune.com/news/immersion-in-nature-makes-us-nicer-1430


And from a recent dutch study:

"People who live within 1 kilometer of a park or wooded area experience less anxiety and depression, Dutch researchers report."
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"People living in more urban environments had a higher prevalence of 15 of the 24 conditions, with the relationship strongest for anxiety disorder and depression."

"In areas with only 10 percent of green space, about 2.6 percent of people experienced anxiety disorders, compared to 1.8 percent of people in areas with 90 percent green space. The disparity was evident for depression as well -- 3.2 percent of people living in more urbanized areas had depression versus 2.4 percent of those in more rural areas."

"This highlights very clearly that our Western notion of body-mind duality is entirely false. The study shows that we are a whole organism, and when we get healthy that means our body and our mind get healthy."

http://www.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=631957

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