There can be a positive relationship between time spent in nature and reduced risk of depression1,2
Natural environments and nature can lead to happiness and pleasure2
Nature can be defined differently by each person, and can include different places
In recent years, people have been spending less and less time interacting with nature. But according to researchers, natural environments and nature might be associated with improvements in symptoms of depression.1,2
Scientists have suggested that natural environments can lead to feelings of happiness and pleasure.2
What’s more, there can be a positive relationship between time spent in nature and a reduced risk of depression.1,2
Nature can be different for different people and might include different places and spaces. Nature is often considered as something that exists far away from cities. But in reality, there is nature all around us and flowers and plants can bring nature closer to you within your home.
Taking the time to be mindful of, experience, and appreciate natural environments is important.1,2
van den Bosch M, Meyer-Lindenberg A. Environmental exposures and depression: Biological mechanisms and epidemiological evidence. Annu Rev Public Health. 2019;40:239-259.
Pearson DG, Craig T. The great outdoors? Exploring the mental health benefits of natural environments. Front Psychol. 2014;5:1178.