27 Jan '15, 4am
Forest bathing actually makes you happy and healthy. Loved this from a friend and a blogger I quite admire.
Numerous studies explore the connection between time spent in nature and well-being. One study has proven the hypothesis that wilderness excursions cause increased feelings of happiness. Another study suggests that presence in nature increases energy and fights off exhaustion. It appears that there is more than one reason for this result. Naturally occurring substances called phytoncides are produced by plants to fend off the growth of bacteria and deter invasive insects. Exposed to phytoncides, these chemicals are scientifically proven to emit active substances which prevent them from rotting or being eaten by some insects and animals. In humans, the number of NK or natural killer cells increased significantly.