There’s no better way to enjoy a beautiful summer’s day than by heading outdoors and soaking in the sunshine. But there are plenty of reasons to explore nature aside from great weather. A new study has found that women who live in homes surrounded by trees and other greenery have lower mortality rates than those who don’t. That’s right: living in an area surrounded by nature can help you live longer.
According to a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health used data from over 106,000 American women to compare each one’s risk of mortality with the level of greenery around their homes (the latter of which was obtained via satellite imagery). The data, compiled from 2000 to 2008, showed a clear correlation between lower mortality rates and those living in greener surroundings.