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Daily contact with the pleasures of nature is good for our health and happiness, a new study shows

Daily contact with the pleasures of nature is good for our health and happiness, a new study shows

  • People who usually have little connection with nature benefit most from nature
  • Large research has shown that daily contact with nature is good for health and happiness
  • Researchers used 1,000 survey responses from people who explored nature every day

It will come as no surprise to those who already love the outdoors.

Daily contact with nature is good for health and happiness, according to a large study.

But instead of outdoor types, it’s the ones who usually feel little connection to nature who benefit most from it, the researchers found.

Daily contact with nature is good for health and happiness, according to a large study. A stock image is used above [File photo]

Daily contact with nature is good for health and happiness, according to a large study. A stock image is used above [File photo]

The University of Derby team conducted a five-year evaluation of Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild challenge, in which people are committed to exploring nature every day.

They looked at 1,000 survey responses and found that participants typically reported a 30 percent improvement in health.

Respondents also said they felt happier and more connected to nature.

Professor Miles Richardson of the University of Derby said the evaluation “demonstrates the positive power of simple engagement with nature.”

But instead of outdoor types, it's the ones who usually feel little connection to nature who benefit most from it, the researchers found. A stock image is used above [File photo]

But instead of outdoor types, it's the ones who usually feel little connection to nature who benefit most from it, the researchers found. A stock image is used above [File photo]

But instead of outdoor types, it’s the ones who usually feel little connection to nature who benefit most from it, the researchers found. A stock image is used above [File photo]

“We were thrilled to see that the significant increase in people’s health and happiness was still felt even two months after the 30 Days Wild challenge was over,” he said.

The Wildlife Trusts have shown that it is important to do simple things to enjoy everyday nature and that it can bring significant benefits.

“What really stands out is that people who didn’t feel connected to nature at the beginning benefited most from participating in 30 Days Wild.”

Dom Higgins, head of health and education at The Wildlife Trusts, said, “Connecting with nature in an easy way every day is a must for our own well-being.

“That’s why The Wildlife Trusts are committed to better, rougher places near where we all live and work, so everyone can enjoy nature everywhere.”

He added: “Our lives have been changed by the coronavirus and this gives people a reason to think about our relationship with nature, the way we live our lives and how we spend our free time.

“Precious moments outside on a daily walk help us to relax and feel happier.

“Even watching wildlife from a window or on a webcam connects us to that feeling of being part of nature, not separate from it.”

Respondents also said they felt happier and more connected to nature. Dovedale in the Peak District is pictured above

Respondents also said they felt happier and more connected to nature. Dovedale in the Peak District is pictured above

Respondents also said they felt happier and more connected to nature. Dovedale in the Peak District is pictured above

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