The brain health approach is a medical model that begs the question of whether or not the person (or personality) is contained in the physical mass and neuronal firings of the brain. According to Dr. Frances Kuo, originally a skeptic, there is currently a sufficient amount of scientific evidence to demonstrate that green environments are essential to a healthy human habitat (and healthy humans).

Personally, I go one step further and advocate that positive human interaction with, or exposure to Nature has, in fact, a transformative power. Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, observed the same effect in institutionalized mental patients who worked outdoors in 1812.

You can feel it in yourself, and you can see it others; it doesn't take a brain surgeon (smile) to figure this out. Sadly, I think it's because we've become so disconnected from our place in the web of life that we find it necessary to study this at all.

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