Scientific American reported, in 2009, University of Rochester researchers found that “exposure to nature can affect our priorities and alter what we think is important in life.” Appreciating the air, trees, grass and wildlife of the outdoors affects one’s perception of life. The study also showed that exposure to nature makes humans less selfish and more concerned about their relationships and bonds with others.
8) Enhanced vision: Spending multiple hours in front of an electronic screen can lead to issues like eye strain and blurred vision. Being outdoors, however, improves eyesight. Children who spend more time outside may have a lesser need for glasses, as well as clearer vision. “Outdoor exposure also may be beneficial because sunlight causes the pupil to constrict, resulting in a larger depth of focus –the range in which objects appear clear—and less image blur,” Jane Gwiazda, director of research at The New England College of Optometry, said.
Edited by Shannon Koehle