Interaction with nature helps children develop cognitive, emotional, and behavioral connections to their nearby social and biophysical environments. Nature experiences are important for encouraging imagination and creativity, cognitive and intellectual development, and social relationships. Symptoms of ADD in children can be reduced through activity in green settings, thus “green time” can act as an effective supplement to traditional medicinal and behavioral treatments.
Experience of the natural world helps restore the mind from the mental fatigue of work or studies, thus office plants and views from windows help reduce stress, boost productivity, improve job satisfaction, and help workers stay more attentive.
Views of plants from a work space have been shown to decrease illness incidence, and the amount of self-reported sick leave. 1
Urban nature, when provided as parks and walkways and incorporated into building design, provides calming, inspiring environments, and encourages learning, inquisitiveness, and alertness.
More than 50 studies show naturalistic settings reduce pain, stress on family and patients, decreased dependency on medication, and recovery time, thereby lowering health care costs. Some benefits include: