Research Shows Spending Time In Nature Makes You Happier

Researchers from the University of Michigan and Edge Hill University have published new data in the September issue of Ecopsychology suggesting that spending time walking in nature helps to reduce depression and stress while significantly boosting mental and emotional well being.

Sara Warber, Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, and senior author of the study, maintains that the large sample of 1,991 participants is a defining factor in the conclusion that nature walks are associated with significant reduction of the negative effects of a stressful lifestyle, as well as perceived stress.

The researchers recommend walking outside in nature at least three times a week to derive maximum benefits. Interestingly, their finding stated that shorter, more frequent walks are more beneficial than longer, occasional walks.