New Delhi, August 22,2016 : Researchers are of the opinion that women who live in areas with prevalent greenery have a 12% lower overall mortality rate than women who live in polluted, urban environments.
Spending time in nature reduces stress and that living near trees is beneficial for your health and wallet. Now, a new study concludes that women who surround themselves with vegetation are likely to live longer lives.
The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, was conducted by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Data from 108,630 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study across the U.S. between the years of 2000 and 2008 helped the researchers determine if living near vegetation affects a woman’s health.
The team relied on satellite imagery from different seasons and various years to calculate the amount of greenery present at each woman’s home.
This is likely because females who live in less-populated locations and are surrounded by more greenery are less exposed to environmental pollutants which are prevalent in city locations.
Above that ,it is possible that the stress caused by city noise and extreme heat could contribute to a woman’s early demise. The researchers theorize that areas with more vegetation also offer increased opportunities for physical activity and society interaction. Not only does regular exercise improve longevity, it’s a great aid for relieving stress.
Peter James, a research associate in the Harvard Chan School Department of Epidemiology, commented on the findings:
“We were surprised to observe such strong associations between increased exposure to greenness and lower mortality rates.
We were even more surprised to find evidence that a large proportion of the benefit from high levels of vegetation seems to be connected with improved mental health.”
Once again, science has confirmed what many have long suspected to be true: that spending time in nature isn’t only relaxing, it’s essential for living a long, healthy life.
Want to live longer ? Stay in touch with nature.