If you’re feeling a little isolated this holiday season, the solution may be to isolate yourself even further.
Let me explain.
No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
Researchers have published findings in Scientific Reports that show getting in contact with nature can greatly alleviate feelings of loneliness. This is especially true for those in urban areas.
“Despite the ever increasing levels of social connectivity, loneliness as a form of ‘social pain’ has become one of the defining issues of the modern society,” the researchers say in the introduction.
They found that “perceived overcrowding” is related with an increase in loneliness of 39 percent. Seeing “natural elements,” however, decreases those lonely feelings by 28 percent.
The conclusion, then, is that “Specific measures, which would increase social inclusion and contact with nature while reducing overcrowding, should be implemented, especially in densely populated cities.”
That’s scientist speak for “build more parks and wooded areas.”