© K Martinko — Going for a walk in the frigid winter weather A remarkable Danish study underscores the importance of keeping nature in our cities and our lives. There’s something about forests. They never lose their appeal. The clean-smelling air, towering trees, fluttering leaves, and sounds of small animals communicating among themselves – being immersed in all of this, even for short periods of time, can be incredibly soothing and rejuvenating. But it could be even more beneficial than you realize. A new study out of Denmark has just found that growing up near green space can reduce one’s risk of mental illness by up to 55 percent. Published in the journal PNAS last week, it’s said to be "the largest investigation of the association between green spaces and mental health." Using the Danish Civil Registration System, an extensive database that tracks mental health, socioeconomic status, and place of residence from time of birth, the researchers were able to compare the risk of developing 16 different mental health disorders in adulthood with how much green space surrounded each child’s residence. Armed with information about yearly income, work history and education level, the researchers could "weigh the relative contribution […]

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