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Why is spending time in nature good for you? – Doha News

Previous research has shown that participating in such activities provides benefits such as improved physical and mental health, social cohesion, and a sense of belonging.

Numerous studies have shown that nature and the surrounding environment can have a positive impact on emotional and physical well-being. new research The benefits of spending time in nature are far greater than previously thought.

Researchers conducted a systematic evaluation of 301 academic papers from 62 countries on ‘Cultural Ecosystem Services’ (CES), commonly known as nature’s immaterial or ‘intangible contributions’ to health Did.

They found 227 different ‘pathways’ that link a single CES to a single component of human well-being. [which is] Study co-author Dr. Alexandros Gasparatos says he is an Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at the University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI).

According to Gasparatos, connecting with nature provides opportunities for enjoyment and leisure, spiritual fulfillment, personal growth, social relationships, and aesthetic experience.

Previous research has shown that participating in such activities provides benefits such as improved physical and mental health, social cohesion, and a sense of belonging.

In addition to the 227 pathways discovered by researchers at the University of Tokyo, Gasparatos claims to have discovered 16 “individual mechanisms.” According to Gasparatos, these mechanisms are “generic types of connections in which more specific pathways are created.”

Previous studies had discovered several pathways, but the new study has identified 10 more, Gasparatos said.

These are some examples of newly discovered pathways.

  • Cohesive: Forming meaningful human relationships through interaction with nature.
  • Formative: When aspects such as moods, attitudes, behaviors, and values ​​change rapidly or over a short period of time as a result of interaction with nature.
  • Satisfaction: A feeling that your expectations and needs have been met as a result of your encounter with nature.
  • Transcendental: Benefiting from nature in conjunction with religious or spiritual values.

When it comes to connecting with nature and the environment, these mechanisms can be stimulated in many ways. A quiet walk in the woods, helping clean up the beach, exploring a new city, or looking for berries are all activities that promote a sense of connectedness.

Researchers also observed that pathway crossovers can occur, enhancing the effectiveness of their findings. , which includes both cognitive and evolutionary principles.

environmental psychologist Lee Chambers Said health line These studies show that we have a physiological response to being in a natural environment and can reduce heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tone.

“There can be some level of psychological recovery. lower cortisolI feel more focused and more connected,” Chambers added.

Participants in past research studies have reported the following benefits as a result of these effects:

  • reduce stress levels
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence

Connect with Nature in Qatar

  • Go on a Kayak Trip on Purple Island
  • If you like being organized, enjoy nature and join a local beach cleanup.Killing two birds with one stone
  • visit Heenat Salma A new approach to connect nature and people
  • Explore Education City’s Oxygen Park

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