When I was at school studying Chinese medicine, one of my professors said that in China, people are encouraged to go to the countryside each springtime. "They see all the green in the fields, and it soothes their Liver Qi, which relieves stress."
Anyone who has driven in the country in spring knows how soothing a clear green field can be. But for most people, it is a common sense "fun thing to do," not a health treatment.
Science may soon change that perception.
Research now shows that looking at the color green boosts creativity, and that productivity improves when office workers can see outside. Our systems are made to connect with the beauty of nature, and our health improves when we make time to do so.
In the interests of building health today, here are some pictures I recently took while at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, one of my happy places. Enjoy!
Articles used for this post: Why We Love Beautiful Things