Posted: Friday, July 30, 2021. 7:22 am CST.
Paid Contribution: With the glittering blue waters of the Caribbean Sea on one side and the verdant green expanses of rainforest on the other, Belize comfortably matches many definitions of what paradise should look like. But did you know that retreating to the beauty of nature can actually be therapeutic? In fact, exciting studies indicate that living in tandem with nature can actually extend your life span.
An eight year study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital that followed the lives of 108,000 women demonstrated that even a modest amount of greenery in the places where you live, work, and play could boost an individual’s life span. Researchers used satellite imaging to determine the presence of flora, and they discovered that there was a 12% gap in the mortality rate between those living in the greenest and those living in the least green areas.
While researchers currently believe that the statistical difference can be attributed to a number of different factors, depression has a major role to play in the distinctions. While further research will be required, it’s believed that depression from life in blighted landscapes can be a comorbid factor for a number of different related issues. But decreased pollution, better opportunities for social interaction, and generally high exercise levels likely have a major part to play in the bigger picture.
The bottom line is that even if close proximity to nature isn’t a causal issue for a longer and happier life, it definitely appears to be a correlative one. Being able to breathe fresh air, absorb the splendor of the natural world, and find exercise while having genuine social interactions can be a huge boost to your physical, mental, and spiritual health.
And if you have recuperation on the mind, there are no places better suited to your recovery than Carmelita Gardens. Carmelita offers a bold new way of living that supports sustainable and ecologically harmonious lifestyles without forcing residents to sacrifice the amenities they’ve come to know and love. It’s an approach to modern living that’s been permanently luring away visitors from throughout Europe, the United States, and elsewhere. Schedule your tour today to see the full extent of what Belize has to offer.
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