Effect of passive viewing of Green Spaces
Nature has always had its magical effect on the physical as well the mental health of individuals and a new study has proved the mere act of being able to see green surroundings can enhance the health of a person. The study specifically proves that this can reduce unhealthy cravings to a great extent.
Conducted by the researchers from the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom, the study proves that even passive enjoyment of green spaces like the trees in your backyard can significantly reduce one’s cravings for unhealthy foods.
There have been many such studies in the past and yet, nothing which speaks of passive enjoyment of green spaces. Thus this study was an added feather to the scientific findings on the benefits of being close to nature.
The study surveyed almost 149 participants belonging to the age group of between 21 and 65 asking about the exposure to green spaces that they had and the frequency of their cravings. the proportion of green spaces in the locality of the individuals were also taken into account to reach the conclusion which clearly depicted that individuals who had access to a garden reported more infrequent and less intense cravings.
Although there are many more areas to be explored in this field, the research is indeed a primary step to the studies yet to come about the effect of green spaces on the physical and mental health of a person.
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Man’s Search for Meaning
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl’s theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”)-holds, that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.
At the time of Frankl’s death in 1997, Man’s Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a “book that made a difference in your life” found Man’s Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.