New Therapy: Hanging Out With Trees

Spending time with trees has been proven to enhance your health.

Deforestation is a huge problem in our world. We ruin ecosystems by cutting down thousand year old forests, and for what? So we can make a profit.

In Japan, spending time in forests, known as 'forest bathing,' has been proven to enhance your health.

In 1982, Japan launched a national health program called 'Shinrin-Yoku,' which translates to "taking in the forest atmosphere." You don't need to be physically active, instead the point is to be quiet and relaxed around trees. Doesn't that sound amazing?

Trees emit oils that protect us from germs and insects, and the oils are good for our immune system. Research also shows that forests lower our heart and blood pressure and reduce stress. But that's not all! Forests also boost energy while reducing depression.

It's silly that people will spend thousands of dollars to be put on prescription drugs to help with some of these illnesses, when all they have to do is spend some time around trees for free!

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