How a regular dose of nature could boost mental health during the pandemic

Regular use of green space and views of greenery from the home could help mitigate some of the negative mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Tokyo, published in Ecological Applications.

For their research, the scientists asked 3,000 adults in Tokyo, Japan to fill out an online questionnaire. The aim was to find out whether there was any link between five aspects of mental health — depression, life satisfaction, subjective happiness, self-esteem and loneliness — and two measures of nature experience — frequency of green space use and green view through windows from home.

The study found that the mo…

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