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The Healing Power of Trees

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According to Arbor Day Foundation, research is proving in study after study that trees are beneficial for mental and physical health.

Shady trees protect us from the sun and draw people outdoors, creating an environment for social interaction that helps build positive relationships. Trees help us relax and reduce stress.

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Some of the results found by science are:

  • Better mood states
  • Improved attention for work or study
  • Calming anger and anxiety
  • Reducing mental fatigue
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Better problem solving
  • Increased feelings of empowerment
  • More nurturing characteristics
  • Decrease of seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Improved workplace satisfaction

Who doesn’t love driving down a street with a canopy of trees or walking in a park with huge trees caressing the sky? Trees are wonderful.

Plant a tree today.

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Please note, this article first appeared in the West Plaza Neighborhood Association Newsletter, November-December 2018 issue on page 3.


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Author: Martha Childers

Martha Childers, EdS, LPC is a multicultural psychotherapist specializing in couples, grief and caregiver stress. Martha is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and Kansas. She received her masters and education specialist degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She practiced Zen through a variety of Japanese traditional arts for 3-1/2 years. Since that time, mindfulness has been an integral part of her life. Her interest in human nature, beliefs, and life styles led her to become a counselor.

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  1. Nan Myers on November 13, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Dear Martha,
    You are an inspiration to me. This post is a wonderful reminder of the healing and redemption available to all of us just by stepping outside and letting the elements of nature flow through us. Several months ago, when I was feeling powerless to make progress through the physical challenges I have, I placed a note to myself on my kitchen cabinet where I could not miss it. It says “GO OUTSIDE.” This reminds me that I have a way to change my approach to my day, but also enhances my feelings of gratitude for everything I have in life.

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