One of the things I miss about my childhood home is its proximity to bushland. I even bought an album of recordings of Australian birds to remind me!

Have you ever wondered why you feel healthier and happier when you stroll through the trees or frolic by the sea? Is it just that you’re spending time away from work, de-stressing and taking in the view? Or is there more to it?

For more than 20 years, scientists have been trying to determine the mechanisms by which exposure to biodiversity improves health. Japanese scientists pioneered the search when they travelled to the island of Yakushima, famous for its biodiversity.

Source: Why a walk in the woods really does help your body and your soul