This short video from Project Wild Thing at The Wild Network provides a neat summary of some of the benefits of nature that can be experienced simply from seeing it through windows, let alone actually being outdoors. They say:
A few little known, but proven nature facts*
When people tell you to take a breath of fresh air, or get outside to clear your head, there’s truth in their well-meaning words. Did you know that a view of nature has been proven to:
- Help patients in hospital recover faster and require fewer painkillers than those who look out over a city
- Help prisoners to have lower stress symptoms and fewer illnesses than those without a view
- Help university students score better on tests than those without
- Enable workers who see trees and flowers be less stresses and report fewer illnesses
And that’s just a view of nature
If you go INTO nature the effects get better:
- Being among plants helps lower the stress hormone and reduce blood pressure
- People who meet in nature build a sense of community and their prejudices about race or economic status are reduced.
- Time in green settings reduces children’s
- ADHD symptoms
The more nature we get in childhood the more we want as adults.
- And the less we get as children, the less we want as adults.
- Time spent outdoors gives us a sense of one-ness with nature – and with the universe.
- And being in nature can lead to transcendental experiences.
* They don’t provide the sources for these ‘facts’ but the information given roughly corresponds with research I describe in Technobiophilia.