“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘”This is what it is to be happy.’” As one of our favorite nature quotes, Sylvia Plath was onto something when she wrote The Bell Jar. And she is right, science has determined nature is good for you.

Recently, PLOS One came out with a study that proved Mrs Plath’s hypothesis. From reducing blood pressure, to helping with attention, to negating the effects of anxiety, nature is extremely beneficial to our collective health. Which makes sense, nature consists of interlocking fragile pieces, with each one essential to the existence and the of the others, and like it or not, we are part of it.

True Colors

Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin Williams, has determined the most calming colors that the paint behemoth has to offer. It’s probably no coincidence that colors found abundantly in nature take the lead, with Soft Blues, Gray Blues, Aqua Blues, and Pale Greens within the top four.

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Conversely, it should come as no surprise that creatures in nature use bright, flashy colors to disrupt the environment around them, whether it’s to attract a mate or scare away predators. Colors such as bright yellows, reds, and oranges raise heart-rate and blood pressure.

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Not in nature? TV might actually be the next best thing

Millions of years do not fade with the advent of central air conditioning and small, illuminated rectangles, no matter how tempting they are. We simply haven’t evolved as quickly as the world around us but, now that we are in the post-digital age, let’s make it work for us. A recent study shows that watching nature documentaries actually makes us happier. This is good news for those of us who love to binge watch the great new selection of nature documentaries on Netflix.