There’s something about nature that makes your problems seem insignificant. At least for a moment.
A recent study revealed the science behind this.[R]
Researchers from Harvard used satellite imaging to rank various locations based on the number of green spaces they have.
Then, they gathered random participants who lived in those locations and conducted cognitive tests.
It turns out that the highest performers lived in the greenest spaces.
The obvious explanation for this is that nature has a way of reducing depression.
Once the weight of depression is reduced, people have the mental space to focus on other things, which allows them to perform cognitively demanding tasks.
Lead researcher Professor Pescador Jimenez puts it this way:
“This study is among the few to provide evidence that greenspace may benefit cognitive function in older ages. Our findings suggest that greenspace should be investigated as a potential population-level approach to improve cognitive function.”
So, how can we practically take advantage of this?
There are tons of outdoor activities you can get into.
The most accessible option?
Not only do walks require limited willpower to start, but they have a plethora of mental health benefits in and of themselves, regardless of greenery.
Combine the benefits of walking with the greenery of a nice trail and you’ve got the best mental-boosting activity you can ask for.
The serenity of walking will allow you to slow down and process situations in your life.
It allows your brain to breathe, and you’ll find your subconscious mind working and bringing solutions that you would otherwise never think of.
My decision-making skills have significantly improved once I made walking a key component of my daily routine, and I haven’t met a guy who wouldn’t say the same.
So, no need to sell your house and move to the woods.
Just get out in nature and walk.