I’ve always felt better after spending time outside in the woods but there is scientific evidence to prove that being surrounded by trees is good for you. Just two hours walking in the woods can lower your blood pressure, boost your immune system and recharge your emotions. Bonus: the effect lasts for weeks. Enjoy gardening? Digging in the dirt releases a common and harmless bacteria into the air that has been shown to make us feel happier and more positive when we breathe it in. We kick up some of this bacteria as we walk along paths in the forest so that is part of the reason you’re happy out in nature.
This is a visually appealing book with an almost equal balance of text and pictures. The countryside of Japan looks stunning in the photographs. This book can easily be read in a couple of sittings.
The term forest bathing does sound strange but if all you need to do is take a long stroll in the woods and be present in the forest while you’re there — leave the cell phone at the bottom of your backpack! — and all these great side effects come after your time exploring nature how can you go wrong?