Sunday, February 16, 2014

Banish the Blues with GREEN: The Mental Health Benefits of Biodiversity

We have all experienced the power that a simple walk outside on a beautiful day has on our mood. It turns out there are several studies that support the connection between the beauty of nature and emotional well-being. 

According to J. Nurse from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, (who recently conducted a study on the mental health impacts of climate change), “Evidence, from psychology and neuroscience, suggests that the perception of being disconnected from our inner selves, from each other and from our environment has contributed to poor mental and physical health.”

In another study done in the UK, the reported psychological effects of outings to public parks were measured. According to the study participants, they felt better after a walk in parks that featured greater diversity of plants and organisms, than those who took walks in places with less biodiversity. Something in us is hardwired to respond not only to nature itself but to a natural environment that is thriving.

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