What is it about the great outdoors we enjoy? Is it the feeling of freedom, the scents and smells, the beautiful visuals, or is it something else?
According to an article posted by the University of Minnesota, gardens have been used in the healing process for centuries. Think about the numbers of Zen Gardens around the world, or even a Monastic Cloister garden, which was used to separate monks from the rest of the world, giving them a peaceful place to escape. The article states that according to Roger Ulrich, a professor and director of the Center for Health Systems and Design at Texas A & M University, viewing natural scenes or elements fosters stress recovery by evoking positive feelings, reducing negative emotions, effectively holding attention / interest, and blocking or reducing stressful thoughts.