Whether you are an inveterate hiker or simply like being outside, you have experienced the sense of well-being that these activities produce. By contrast, urban-dwellers have sometimes expressed a higher incidence of mental health struggles than their counterparts with easier access to nature.

Scientists have never completely understood these phenomena, but recent studies have indicated that there are, indeed, benefits to the amygdala, a portion of the brain that regulates emotions, in response to nature. To read more about this, click here.