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Scientifically Proven Reasons To Go Outside

Hollyhock has always believed in the power and effectiveness of learning in the exquisite setting of the natural world.

Here’s 11 reasons you should go outside!

by Lauren F Friedman and Kevin Loria
via Business Insider

11 Scientifically Proven Reasons You Should Go Outside

With spring finally here after a long and brutal winter, we highly recommend spending some time outside.

Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to your mental and physical well-being. Here are just a few potential benefits:

1. Improved short-term memory
In one study, University of Michigan students were given a brief memory test, then divided into two groups.

One group took a walk around an arboretum, and the other half took a walk down a city street. When the participants returned and did the test again, those who had walked among trees did almost 20% percent better than the first time. The ones who had taken in city sights instead did not consistently improve.

Another similar study on depressed individuals also found that walks in nature boosted working memory much more than walks in urban environments.

Source: Psychological Science, 2008; Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013 Continue reading Scientifically Proven Reasons To Go Outside