Living in the city can sometimes make you feel a little guilty about your health as the city is not the cleanest environments to live in.
But just because you live in an urban area, it doesn’t mean that you can’t reap the some of the benefits of being in nature.
New research suggests simply listening to the chirping of birds, glimpsing the sky, and even noticing a scrawny city tree can help boost your mental well-being.
Researchers had a trial where they collected data from volunteers. It was found that people were more likely to report higher states of well-being when they were outdoors, seeing trees, hearing birds singing, seeing the sky and feeling in contact with nature. Hearing and seeing water, however, did not have much of an effect.
The research team found that the positive effects of encounters with nature in the urban environment are greater for people with a predisposition for mental illness.
They reported that the effects of being outdoors, seeing trees, hearing birds singing and feeling in contact with nature were greater for those with higher levels of trait impulsivity.
it is possible that people who made the decision to go outside and look at nature were already in a better state of mind than those who were feeling down and lazy, and were, therefore, more likely to stay at home or at work.
Currently, more than half the world’s population lives in urban areas, and previous studies have shown that people who live in cities are at a higher risk for mental health issues.
That means that studies that can help cities improve the mental well-being of their residents have never been more important.