Green spaces can put the brain in a meditative state, study finds

Participants were asked to walk through urban areas and leafy areas. Those surrounded by green reported less frustration and more engagement. 

Research from a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests walking through natural, leafy environments may affect the brain in a similar way to meditation.

Researchers from Heriot-Watt University in the U.K. tracked the brainwaves of study participants, as they walked through an old shoping district, a park, and a bustling commercial area. Researchers found these participants entered a meditative state while walking through the park.

The British study is the latest in a string of research on the benefits of spending time in nature. A study from 2011 found that a forest stroll could lower the stress hormone coristol by 12.4 percent versus strolling through an urban environment.

Read more about the study from Outside magazine.

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