Monday, September 7, 2015

A dose (or two) of Nature

Doctor-recommended antidote to a whole host of office- and city-related ailments:

(and, of course, laughter is good for you too!)

According to a Harvard Med School review, various studies have found that people living near parks have fewer psychological problems than city residents who lack access to green spaces.

Trees are thought to improve our psychological, as well as our physical, health.

Visiting natural places has been shown to lower levels of stress hormones and lift our mood and decrease anxiety by literally changing our brain's functioning.  (scientific results here).

It also seems to improve our immune system and help us maintain focus.

Plus, walking or cycling through a local park or forest is often free!

So be safe, wear your sunscreen, take care with stormy weather, and discover (and support!) your local green spaces.

Here's mine -- Rock Creek Park (roughly 2,000 acres / 800 ha) in Washington, DC: