Communities where people see and spend more time in nature have higher levels of cohesion.
As urbanization, population growth and the rampant destruction of the natural world increase, human beings have become more and more isolated from nature — and at a significant cost.
Spending time in nature is good for both the body and the mind, leading to health benefits including reduced depressive symptoms and lower blood pressure. As it turns out, the benefits of exposure to nature don’t stop with individuals — they also extend to entire communities and societies.
A study recently published in the journal BioScience finds that contact with nature is associated with stronger communities and lower crime rates. –by Carolyn Gregoire on Huffpost.
January 15, 2016 NewTerrain.