Monday, July 19, 2021

Visits to Nature

 From PsyPost:

Visiting natural settings such as parks, forests, and beaches is associated with improved mental health, according to a large international study. The new findings have been published in the journal Scientific Reports.

“We’ve been exploring the relationships between time spent in around water environments (rivers, lakes the sea) and psychological health for over a decade but all of our work was conducted in the United Kingdom so we didn’t know whether these findings generalized across different countries and cultures,” said study author Mathew P. White, a social and environmental psychologist at the University of Exeter Medical School.

“We were lucky enough to get a grant from the European Union to explore these issues and this paper is one output from a large survey conducted across 18 countries to explore these international comparisons. The larger aim was to see whether better urban planning and management could integrate water into cityscapes to benefit mental and physical health while also reducing the risks (flooding, drowning, etc.) but first of all we needed to see what the benefits might be.” (Read more.)


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