PLYMOUTH, England – Lots of modern life takes place indoors. From offices to apartments or homes, most people today and today are seeing themselves within days. Spending more time outdoors is long linked to a more positive mindset, but now a study has concluded that only seeing plants on a daily basis can be put to us with a better mindset and reduce harmful cravings for ingredients such as alcohol, cigarettes, and junk food.
According to the University of Plymouth study, seeing plants and nature from your home will lead to more frequent, and strong, desires. Research builds on previous work that establishes a link between outside exercise and reducing cravings, but study authors say that exercise is not necessary to reap benefits of nature.
Study is the first of its kind, Authors claim that their findings indicate the need for cities and communities around the world to invest and protect public green spaces.
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"It is well known that at some time that being out of nature is linked to a person's wellbeing, but for that there is a similar relationship with cravings from simply seeing green spaces adds a new dimension to the previous research This is the first study to discover this idea, and it may have different implications for both public health and environmental protection programs in the future, " Researcher Leanne Martin explains in a release.
Participants in the study filled an online survey asking about their daily exposure to nature, common cravings, and how often they experienced negative emotions. Regarding nature, the survey measures the exposure of plant participants to their own neighborhoods, the amount of leaves seen from their homes, access to a garden, and how often they often public park.
The results indicate that daily access to a garden or other green space diminishes the frequency and appearance of harmful cravings. Additionally, the ability to view nature from one's home causes similar results. Researchers have also taken exercise surveys, but they found that participants gave fewer desires after seeing nature even if they were using or not.
The authors of the study wanted to conduct additional studies about the effects of nature in admissions in the future, hoping that green space could be used to help individuals fighting to harmful addictions.
The study was published in the scientific journal Health & Place.