Stroll through a park for your mental health.

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According to a recent study of city dwellers, seeing trees and the sky, hearing birds singing, and feeling in contact with nature may improve your well-being. Researchers equipped 108 people with a smartphone app that tracked location and prompted them to answer questions about their environment and how they felt. Trees, the sky, and birdsong seemed to elicit positive feelings. And here’s the best part: Those good vibes lasted for several hours. The benefits were especially strong among people who were at high risk of mental health problems and those who had high levels of “trait impulsivity” (a tendency to be impulsive, which is associated with addiction and other disorders). Find the nearest park to walk through, a bird-filled tree to sit under, or even a patch of open sky to gaze at, and make it a daily habit.

Source: Exposure to trees, the sky and birdsong in cities beneficial for mental wellbeing

”Take short walks in the park down a happy trail.” Frederick Lenz

Posted on May 4, 2018 and filed under wellness.