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Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark found that growing up near vegetation is associated with an up to 55 percent lower risk of mental health disorders in adulthood. The more of one's childhood spent close to greenery, the lower the risk of mental health problems later in life.

Spending time in nature has been proven beneficial before in reducing stress and even boosting empathy and creativity. Even talking a brief walk in the woods has physical effects on the brain.

Now one of the largest studies of our time is connecting mental health in adulthood to childhood exposure to outdoor green space. The message is clear. Children need to play outside in gardens, farms and forests.

Photo Credit: Kimberton Waldorf School

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