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Scientists Discover That Nature Walks Are Great for Your Mental Health

Something as simple as taking a walk through the trees may lower depression.

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Living in the city can be stressful. Living in the country: also stressful. Fact: life is stressful. So a group of scientists, in an endless quest to determine what can lower our stress, recently did a study and came up with a beautifully logical result: sometimes, simply taking a walk through nature can lower our stress. The more green spaces we see, the better we feel.

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The Difference Between Urban Brains And Rural Brains In A Study About Urban Versus Rural Brains, Suburbia Is Left Out

A new study that confirms our cultural stereotypes about city and country dwellers raises more questions than it answers.


We all know the stereotypes of the high-strung urbanite versus the laid-back country dweller, but now there's scientific evidence for them. A new study published in Nature finds that people living in the city had a higher level of activity in the amygdala, the brain region that assesses threats and generates fear. The activity can be heightened or simply "out of kilter"; the latter can signal mental illnesses like schizophrenia, which has been proved to be more common in the city.

In other words, city folk are wired to experience stress in a more intense way than someone who was reared in a bucolic setting.

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How Does Your State Compare to Other Nations?

American students are lousy at math. Things look particularly dire when you compare individual states to other countries.

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