The Healing Power of Nature

The Healing Power of Nature

The BBC News Services reports that retirees who live near green open spaces “live much longer than those stuck in the ‘concrete jungle'”. The report cites research done at a Japanese medical college. The study included interviews with over 3,000 elderly people. After a five year period in which 897 of the interviewees died, data from the interviews were correlated with longevity. The researchers, reporting their results in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, said, “The factor of walkable green streets and spaces near the residence significantly and positively influenced the five year survival of senior citizens.”

Studies have proven that hospital patients who have a window view of greenery recover faster and suffer fewer complications than those without such views.

A scientific study suggests the symptoms of ADHD in children are relieved after contact with nature. ADHD kids were better able to concentrate, complete tasks, and follow directions after playing in natural settings.

Recent scientific studies have demonstrated that contact with nature may actually help reduce the incidence of aggression and violence in inner-city neighborhoods.   Scientists have discovered that exposure to blue sky helps regulate sleep patterns, thereby helping with depression and insomnia. We now know that the newly discovered receptors in our eyes are responsible for converting the blue light from the summer sky into the chemicals our bodies need.   Get Outside. Touch a tree. Lay in the grass. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you.

– Hilary Spray, Retail Manager

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