When the researcher looked at their recovery charts, he was struck by how much better the patients fared when their rooms looked out onto the trees rather than the brick wall. On average, those who faced the brick wall needed an extra day to recover before returning home. They were also far more depressed and experienced more pain. On average, their nurses recorded four negative notes per patient -- comments like "needs much encouragement" and "upset and crying" -- whereas those with a view of the trees warranted negative notes only once during their stay. Meanwhile, very few of the patients who looked out onto the trees required more than a single dose of strong painkillers during the middle part of their stay, whereas those facing the wall required two or even three doses. Read More...
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Amos Clifford is a wilderness guide, mentor, and educator. He is founder of Shinrin-yoku.org, an organization dedicated to promotion of the practice of shinrin-yoku and other forms of nature-immersion therapy. He lives in Sonoma County, California and guides in the Western United States.