Research finds nature improves overall life satisfaction.

New research at Oregon State University empirically demonstrates that a variety of mechanisms for engaging nature significantly contribute to a person’s overall wellbeing. Wellbeing correlated to whether people believed their surrounding environments were being managed well – both at work and home as well as for the pursuit of recreation.

Researchers also quantified the relationship between wellbeing with six common mechanisms by which nature has effects on wellbeing including social and cultural events; trust in governance; access to local wild resources; sense of place; outdoor recreation; and psychological benefits from time outdoors.

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