Take a Walk in the Woods, It's Good For You
Sausages give you cancer. Kissing gives you cold sores. Drinking too much makes you fall down. Almost all of life's pleasures turn out to be bad for you. Which is why, if you ever meet Dr Eeva Karjalainen, you should shake her Nordic hand.
According to Karjalainen and colleagues at the Finnish Forest Research Institute, one of the most enjoyable activities around can reduce stress and depression, ease muscle tension, counter attention deficit disorder, even calm an erratic heart. What is this wonder therapy? A walk in the woods. As Karjalainen puts it, "Many people feel relaxed and good when they are out in nature. But not many of us know there is also scientific evidence about the healing effects of nature."