A new study from the University of Rochester found that paying attention to the natural world makes people feel
better and behave better. Its 370 test subjects, viewing nature rather than man-made environments led people to “value community and close relationships and
to be more generous with money.”
That says a lot for the value of green space in cities, and the lead researcher commented that “Incorporating parks and
other representations of nature into urban environments may help build
a stronger sense of community among residents. To the extent that our
links with nature are disrupted, we may also lose some connection with
each other.” And the lack of green space
in cities may explain higher levels of indifference, and estrangement in urban dwellers than rural dwellers.
SO gardeners, it's not just us or even just plants. (But we knew that.)
(As an off-topic aside, I've always wondered what it's like to be in beautiful natural places killing wild animals – but then I'm a nearly-veg suburban girl, so I'm never going to relate.)
Photo: Sunrise on Pawleys Island, South Carolina.