Forget the morning walk or jogging, spending just 20 minutes in contact with mother nature can help you cut stress, mental fatigue and boost life satisfaction.
The study, published in International Journal of Environmental Health Research, intended to validate previous findings on the impact of a park visit on emotional well-being, and evaluate the contribution of choosing to participate in physical activity in the park in relation to emotional well-being after the park visit.
The team from the University of Alabama found that spending 20 minutes in a park could make people happier regardless of whether they are engaging in exercise or not during the visit.
Park visitors reported an improvement in emotional well-being. However, the levels of physical activity was not found to be related to the improved emotional well-being.
This means that potentially all people can benefit from time in a park, said Gavin R. Jenkins from the varsity.