For The Blues, Try Going Green
Happiness may be as simple as a walk in the park.
While any kind of exercise is thought to be a mood booster; researchers at the University of Essex in the United kingdom say where you take that walk can make a big difference.
A study found that people who stroll for an hour through green spaces like parks and nature preserves are more relaxed, energetic, and confident than those who amble through a shopping mall. The fresh air, sounds, and colorful scenery in nature offer a positive stimulation for the senses.
A little exercise in a green environment may work as well for mood disorders as drug therapy or counseling, according to the British mental-health charity Mind, which commissioned the study.
Source: GfK Roper Public Affairs; Cancer Care
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