Benefits of Spending Time in Nature
By Krissy Highland on October 11th, 2019 | Categories: Blog, Uncategorized

Here at Philantopia, we offer travel destination packages for events to sell at raffle or auction. One of our more popular set of items is our mountain destination travel packages. We set up beautiful lodging, engaging activities, and everything else you could think of so that you can sit back and enjoy a natural mountain haven. Here, we thought we would list some of the benefits to spending time in nature.

Increase Short Term Memory

A study was conducted at the University of Michigan where students were given a quick memory test, then split into two groups. One group was sent to walk through an arboreum, while the control group was sent to walk along city streets. After the walk, they were tested again, with the arboreum group performing an impressive 20 percent better, while the control group performed no better. This study was published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013 and in Psychological Science, 2008.

Reduce Stress

The literature on stress reduction and nature is even more vast than for short term memory. The Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, Japanese Journal of Hygiene, Environmental Health and Protective Medicine, and Biomedical and Environmental Sciences, among other reputable publications, have all published studies that concluded that time in nature, specifically “tree bathing” (enjoying the forest atmosphere), reduces stress.

Lessens Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s response to physical damage or possible exposure to pathogens. But inflammation isn’t always the correct response, as is the case with a host of autoimmune disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, and sometimes even depression. Two publications that have published studies maintaining nature’s inflammation reducing effects are Biomedical and Environmental Sciences and Journal of Cardiology.

Anti Carcinogenic

These studies are in a much more preliminary stage than any previously mentioned, but early research has suggested that spending time in nature, particularly forests, can actually stimulate the production of anticancer proteins. These proteins were found to last up to seven days at elevated levels even after the subjects were removed from nature. The International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, and the Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents have both published studies with these preliminary findings.

Have we piqued your interest regarding the benefits of spending time in nature? Do you run an event service or non profit where you oversee raffles or auctions? If so, you should check out our mountain destination travel packages. These travel packages sell like crazy, which is why we don’t charge you unless they sell. For more information about how our travel packages can improve your auction or raffle, please do not hesitate to give us a call at your earliest convenience. One of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.