1. ‘Nature Prescriptions’ Improve Both Physical and Mental Health –28 Studies to Date

Did you know that spending time in nature, especially among trees, can actually improve both your mental and physical health? A bunch of studies have shown just that! And now, some researchers are suggesting that we should consider nature “prescriptions” as a common practice in the medical field. It’s not really a surprise that going for a walk with friends in nature can boost your mood and even lower your blood pressure. But the idea of nature being prescribed like medication, similar to taking an SSRI for depression, hasn’t been widely studied yet, especially in Australia. It’s about time we dive deeper into the scientific evaluation of nature prescriptions and discover their true potential!

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2. Some of the Best National Parks Where You Can Avoid the Summer Crowds

Last year, America’s national parks received overflowing record crowds during the summer months. Places like Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Shenandoah, Sequoia, and Great Smokey Mountains were standing room only in some places.

But as glorious as these temples to nature’s splendor are, there are 63 (pending 64) national parks in the country, some of which receive barely fifty-thousand visitors a year.

In time for planning a summer holiday, it’s worth checking some of these spectacular landscapes out, beating the heat and the crowds while enjoying the peace and tranquility of nature, rather than suffering full campgrounds and park-road traffic jams.

3. Man Whose Dog Ran Away While He Was in a Coma Is Reunited Thanks to Strangers on Internet

Waking up from a coma, a man was devastated when he learned his dog had gotten lost, but his luck turned around after the help from a local dog rescue organizer.

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