Nature soothes our stressed-out souls. We instinctively know that nature is the best prescription, but new research reveals how little time we need to set aside to reap the benefits.
The best part is that you don't have to hit up a national park or even go too far out of your way. A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research found that spending 20 minutes in an urban park can make you happier, regardless of whether you use that time to exercise or not.
"Overall, we found park visitors reported an improvement in emotional well-being after the park visit," the study's lead author and University of Alabama at Birmingham professor Hon K. Yuen said in a statement. "However, we did not find levels of physical activity are related to improved emotional well-being. Instead, we found time spent in the park is related to improved emotional well-being."
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