Nature means happiness and health!

  • On August 25, 2016

nature means happinessNature means happiness and health!

Having a good walk in the park or in the mountain is a great choice for a low-carbon activity. IT will reduce your carbon footprint and it will make you happier and healthier!

It turns out that if you spent 30 minutes in nature a week will reduce the risk of depression and heart diseases. So reconnecting with nature has not only environmental benefits but also health ones.

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”  John Muir

A study led by The University of Queensland (UQ) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) suggests people might need a weekly dose of nature. “If everyone visited their local parks for half an hour each week there would be seven per cent fewer cases of depression and nine percent fewer cases of high blood pressure,” said UQ CEED researcher Dr. Danielle Shanahan.

“Kids who grow up experiencing natural environments may benefit developmentally and have a heightened environmental awareness as adults than those who don’t.”

Another study shows that a walk in nature fixes a fuzzy brain. Our busy and stressful life gives us brain fatigue. Scientists know that the human brain’s ability to stay calm and focused is limited; it can be overwhelmed by the constant noise and the urban living, resulting in a brain fatigue. The study suggests that visiting green spaces lessens stress and improve concentration.

Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh attached portable EEGs to the scalps of 12 healthy young adults. Different participants walked through three different sections of Edinburgh (through historic shopping district with old buildings and light vehicle traffic, then moved onto a park-like path and finally through a busy, commercial district, with heavy automobile traffic).

When the volunteers made their way through the park they were “mentally quieter”.

It is likely to have a restorative effect and help with attention fatigue and stress recovery.”





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