Tuesday, December 8, 2015


I was surprised when I read these studies reported in American Forester looking at how nature impacts individuals and communities. These studies have actually shown that having vegetation and green spaces can strengthen social ties in neighborhoods, reduce levels of aggression and violence, cause crime rates to drop, and even help reduce people's stress.

One study even found that kids interacting with nature had significant reductions in their Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms. Also, girls that have views from their windows had more ability to concentrate and increased self-discipline.

Several cities are actually doing something about this. Chicago is building a school addition that will include a park, and Providence, Rhode Island, has re-landscaped public housing projects. So planting a tree may have a bigger impact than we thought.

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