Depression, Happiness, mental health

Nature Is Good For You (But You Knew That Already)

OK. I’m reaching back a month or two here, but it’s worth repeating: “Nature is good for you.” Now we have the (cognitive neuro-) science to prove it:

In the past several months, a bevy of studies have added to a growing literature on the mental and physical benefits of spending time outdoors. That includes recent research showing that short micro-breaks spent looking at a nature scene have a rejuvenating effect on the brain — boosting levels of attention — and also that kids who attend schools featuring more greenery fare better on cognitive tests.

And Monday, yet another addition to the literature arrived — but this time with an added twist. It’s a cognitive neuroscience study, meaning not only that benefits from a nature experience were captured in an experiment, but also that their apparent neural signature was observed through brain scans. Continue reading

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