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How the Japanese Practice of “Forest Bathing” Can Lower Stress Levels and Fight Disease

img_1478Explanation of why isn’t this just a fancy crunchy granola repackaging of “being outside”.

“Just be with the trees,” as Ephrat Livni describes the practice, “no hiking, no counting steps on a Fitbit. You can sit or meander, but the point is to relax rather than accomplish anything.” You don’t have to hug the trees if you don’t want to, but at least sit under one for a spell. Even if you don’t attain enlightenment, you very well may reduce stress and boost immune function, according to several Japanese studies conducted between 2004 and 2012.

via  Open Culture

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