Research reveals that our surrounding environments can increase or reduce our stress levels, which in turn impacts our bodies. Regardless of age or culture, humans find nature pleasing. Researchers has found that more than two-thirds of people select a natural setting to retreat to when stressed.
Being amongst nature - or even viewing scenes of nature - reduces anger, fear, and stress, while increasing pleasant feelings and emotions. Being exposed to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, but it also it contributes to your physical wellbeing; reducing blood pressure, heartrate, muscle tension, and the production of stress-related hormones.
In addition, nature helps us to cope with pain. Because we are genetically programmed to find trees, plants, water, and other nature elements stimulating, we are captivated by nature scenes and distracted from our pain and discomfort. Studies show that time in nature or within nature settings are associated with a positive mood and psychological wellbeing, meaningfulness, and vitality. It is because humans find nature inherently interesting, that we can naturally focus on what we are experiencing out in nature. This also provides a reprieve for our over-active minds; refreshing us for new tasks.
Time spent in nature connects us to each other and the larger world. One could say that nature inspires feelings that connect us to each other and our environment.