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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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Manslamming is How Men Dominate City Sidewalks

One woman’s brave fight against dudes walking right into everybody all the time

Getting body-checked as you step out onto a subway platform is part of the experience of living in a crowded urban center. But next time you’re nudging your way down a bustling downtown walkway and get shoulder-shoved by a fellow pedestrian, take a look at their face. Was it a man? Probably. Talk to most women and they’ll tell you from experience that men most frequently take up too much space on the sidewalk, completely unaware of the people around them just trying to get by.

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This post is brought to you by GOOD with support from The California Endowment.

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What happens when we redesign the human habitat to take walking out of daily life? Over 35 percent of Americans are now clinically obese. That's partly because of diet, but also because we've designed our cities for cars.

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