I just read a study that determined that the more forests and shrublands in your county, the lower the Medicare costs tend to be for that county. (Read more about that here.)
Doctors are finding that just being in a forest, not even necessarily hiking or jogging, has a link to a decrease in stress hormones, reduced depression, anxiety, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and fatigue. (Read more about that here.)
And if the above wasn’t enough, there’s this:
An article entitled 21 reasons why forests are important discusses everything from our ability to breathe to their ability to cool us down and fight flooding to their feeding us and giving us medicine and jobs.
Forests are awesome. We need them. We need to dwell amongst trees.
As a bonus, I leave you with one of my favorite poems, by Robert Frost, because this is how I try to live my life:
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Happy Arbor Day, dear reader!
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