Benefits of Nature Reference Page

“The great outdoors? Exploring the mental health benefits of natural environments”, David Pearson, National Institute of Health, www.ncbi.nim.nih.gov

“New research suggests nature can help your brain work better, study finds” Washington Post, June 29, 2015

Healthy Living, “Benefits of Ecotherapy: Being in Nature Fights Depression, Improves Mental Health and Well Being, Lecia Bshak author, October 26, 2013

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, “Study finds that walking in nature yields measureable mental benefits and may reduce risk of depression”, Stanford Report, June 30, 2015

“Nature Experience Reduces Rumination and Subgenual Prefrontal Cortex Activation’, J. Paul Hamilton, Laureate Institue for Brain Research, co-author. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences www.laureateinstitute.org

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, “City dwellers have 20% higher risk of anxiety disorders and 40% higher risk of mood disorders as compared to people in rural areas. People born and raised in cities are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia” Gretchen Daily, Professor in Environmental Science, co-author www.woods.standford.edu

“Time in Nature found to have a positive effect on mood and aspects of cognitive function, as well as a dampening effect on anxiety”, Gregory Bratman, Stanford Psychophysiology Lab and Center for Conservation Biology. www.news.stanford.edu

The Natural Capital Project, Gretchen Daily, joint venture of Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, “quantifying the value of natural resources to the public and predicting benefits from investments in nature” www.ccb.stanford.edu

Mind, a mental health organization, study conducted by the University of Essex, “Taking a walk in nature reduced depression in 71% of participants.” www.repository.essex.ac.uk