How Nature Benefits Our Brain

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It’s no secret that a day spent outside has innumerable benefits to our mental and physical state; that’s part of the reason why we surf – for that feeling we get after a day in the water.

While, a good wave, sunny day or evening session with your buddies certainly makes that water time all the better, research has found that there are some tell tale medical benefits of a day in nature.

Here’s an except from a recently re-published report by The New York Times:

City dwellers also have a higher risk for anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses than people living outside urban centers, studies show.

These developments seem to be linked to some extent, according to a growing body of research. Various studies have found that urban dwellers with little access to green spaces have a higher incidence of psychological problems than people living near parks and that city dwellers who visit natural environments have lower levels of stress hormones immediately afterward than people who have not recently been outside.

But just how a visit to a park or other green space might alter mood has been unclear. Does experiencing nature actually change our brains in some way that affects our emotional health?

To see the full New York Times story, click here

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