Pro Tip: Ditch that Prozac for a pine tree.

Groundbreaking research has just identified a drug-free way to lower stress: get out in nature and take a walk. This complex therapy requires you to stroll near a tree-lined street three or four times a week and *voila* you will feel less depressed and even reduce your need for blood pressure medication.

The health benefits of hiking, walking and generally rolling around in the wildflowers have been long-appreciated. The Japanese call it shinrin-yoku or forest bathing. Frederick Law Olmsted knew what he was doing when he plopped a massive park in the middle of Manhattan as a key feature in his urban design for New York. You think New Yorkers are snarky? Imagine what they’d be like without Central Park.

But we digress. Perhaps the head scratcher for us is why people are continuously doing studies about something so elementary. Isn’t there a better way to spend the millions of dollars that are being dedicated to redundant research on this topic? (Spoiler alert: Yes.)

We don’t need more studies to validate that getting out in nature is good for us. What we DO need is a way to get those who aren’t tree-hugging onto the flower-encrusted bandwagon. So spread the word: nature is good!

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