Sunday, December 21, 2008
Take a breath of fresh air
What's a walk in the woods worth? And to whom?
Is it just "nature lovers" that unwind in the great out-of-doors?
A study in Psychological Science finds that people perform a memory task better after walking through an arboretum than after a walk in a streetscape. Even viewing scenic images is a better treatment for mental fatigue than pictures of buildings. Science does occasionally prove the obvious--in this case, that strolling in the forest really is relaxing.