Blueprint for Happiness: Health Benefits of Getting Out in Nature
Do you ever feel better after stepping outside, breathing in the fresh air, walking by trees, and soaking in the Arizona sun?
The instant feeling of happiness you get in nature isn’t just in your head – it’s backed by science. Research shows that contact and connectedness with nature can lead to improvements in mood, cognition, and health.
A new study by Occupational & Environmental Medicine takes it a step further, suggesting those who visit nature three or four times a week have lower odds of taking medication for anxiety, asthma, depression, high blood pressure, or insomnia.
What are you waiting for? Get a dose of happiness by getting out in nature today, even if it’s only for a few minutes! In Arizona, there is nature all around us. Some of the most beautiful spots can be found on this list.
At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, we want to provide a Blueprint for Happiness, because happiness is part of your health. Happiness leads to healthier behaviors like being active and eating nutritious food. Check out our social media channels and blog on the first Friday of every month for tips on sparking more joy and happiness in your life! 😊