When you look outside your window, do you see trees lush with leaves, green grass, and maybe even some colorful flowers? If your answer is yes, you are one of the lucky ones. Research shows that having a green view from your windows increases ones sense of satisfaction with their neighborhood and ones sense of well-being. 
The last thirty years has generated much data to support the health benefits of nature. Nature has positive effects on mental and physical health. Further specific benefits continue to be studied. Researchers are now looking at this link in greater detail to try better identify specific nature parameters and their links to health. For example, what is the proper ‘dose’ of nature? [3,4] Another example, which tree planting designs are most effective in promoting health. 
Take a look for yourself in this picture example of a trip to New York City I took just yesterday. Do you feel a difference between the concrete jungle and the green oasis?
The Drive Into Manhattan
The Green Oasis: Rockefeller Center, NYC
People Enjoying the Rockefeller Center Spring Display
Video: The topiary Easter Bunny (note the funny conversation of the Dad trying to get his kids to take a group photo in the background).
So, what do you think? How aware are you about your natural surroundings and how they make you feel? Please post your thoughts in the comments below if you would like.
The channel gardens at Rockefeller Center in New York City are changed regularly and free to visit.
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