By John Anderer
So much of modern life happens indoors. From offices to apartments or homes, most people in today’s day and age find themselves cooped up inside for most of the day. Spending more time outdoors has long been linked to a more positive mindset, but now a study has concluded that just seeing greenery on a day-to-day basis can put us in a better mindset and reduce harmful cravings for substances such as alcohol, cigarettes, and junk food.
According to the study out of the University of Plymouth, being able to see greenery and nature from your home will lead to less frequent and less intense cravings. The research builds off of previous work that has established a link between exercising outdoors and reduced cravings, but the study’s authors assert that exercise isn’t necessary to reap the benefits of nature.
The study is the first of its kind, and its authors say their findings stress the need for cities and communities the world over to invest in and protect public green spaces.
“It has been known for some time that being outdoors in nature is linked to a person’s wellbeing. But for there to be a similar association