09 Feb '18, 5pm

One More Benefit of Nature: It Makes You Like Your Body Better

Not happy with what you see when you look in a mirror? Well, you can take a hike . Seriously. New research from the United Kingdom finds strolling in nature—or even looking at photographs of the natural world—leaves people feeling better about their bodies. In recent years, a series of studies have found that time spent in nature offers a range of benefits , from easing depression to increasing altruism . This latest work suggests it can also mute internal criticism of one's less-than-perfect figure. In the journal Body Image, a research team led by psychologist Viren Swami of Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge describes five studies that demonstrate this dynamic. The first featured a group of university undergraduates who looked at and evaluated a series of photographs. Half saw images of the natural world, such as lakes, mountains and forests, while the others were ex...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/self-compassion-nature-253277176...

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