In this day and age, when technology such as AI and space travel captivate us, it can be easy to forget what is right in front of us.
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The mental health benefits of getting back to nature have been proven by science, and even small activities like a walk in the park can have a positive effect. People have always sought peace in the natural world.
For centuries, many authors such as Thoreau and John Muir have contemplated their profound relationships with nature. Now, researcher David Strayer of the University of Utah is able to prove that when we interact with nature, there are changes in both our brains and bodies that make us physically and mentally healthier.
In a recent experiment held in Japan, participants were randomly assigned to take walks of equal length and difficulty either in a forest or an urban center, with their heart rate variability, heart rate, and blood pressure monitored. Additionally, the participants filled out questionnaires assessing their moods, stress levels, and other psychological measures.
The results indicated that people who took a walk in a forest had lower heart rates, greater heart rate variability (which suggests increased relaxation and reduced stress), and they reported improved moods and less anxiety than those that walked in an urban environment.
It is believed by scientists that the stress-reducing benefits of being in nature may be even more powerful than those resulting from exercise alone.
In 2014, Juyoung Lee, Dacher Keltner, the director of the GGSC, and other researchers at the University of California, Berkeley conducted a series of experiments to examine the effect of nature on people’s tendencies to be generous, trusting, and helpful towards others, as well as what factors might affect this relationship.
Exposure to more beautiful nature scenes was associated with increases in positive emotion, which in turn led to greater generosity and trust in the games among participants compared to those who viewed less beautiful scenes.
A recent study by professors Selin Kesebir and Pelin Kesebir revealed a rapid disconnection of people from nature. Their study of millions of fiction books, thousands of songs, and hundreds of thousands of movie and documentary storylines showed a shrinking of nature in our collective imagination and cultural conversation.
It was discovered that there is much less of a presence of nature in today’s popular culture, compared to the first half of the twentieth century. This decrease has been particularly evident since the 1950s, with only slightly more than one nature-related word in popular songs of today for every three in the 1950s.