I’m fairly new to tumblr. It never occurred to me to share my story, but I think maybe now is best. Maybe there are things it’s easier to say when you’re (relatively) anonymous? When you know it’s more about catharsis than who might be listening.
I was raped. I was raped at thirteen. I was raped…
Obama on gay adoption
yeah totally ruining this country what a horrible guy
Fun fact: Obama has attempted to fix almost everything that he promised to fix, but the republicans have voted almost all of his bills out of congress. He’s not the problem.
IT’S BEEN OVER A YEAR SINCE I SAW THIS POST I’M SO HAPPY
Death and her cat X3
Real Friends - Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing + Snaps
|—||John Berger (via thatkindofwoman)|
International travel has never looked so appetizing.
While it was difficult to prove the benefits of nature 100 years ago, today the intervention is supported by compelling evidence. A psychologist at Western Michigan University, Roger S. Ulrich, spearheaded some of the earliest studies. He found that students who viewed nature photos after being exposed to a stressful and demanding task reported increased feelings of affection, playfulness, friendliness, and elation. The group that viewed urban scenes reported feeling sadness.
Some of the most ambitious studies of our reactions to nature come out of Japan. The Japanese Society of Forest Medicine’s Shinrin yoku plan, an effort to promote health through “forest bathing” (short visits to forests), has been fertile ground for scientific inquiry. Yoshifumi Miyazaki of Chiba University found lower cortisol levels in those who took forest walks when compared with those who walked the same distance in a lab. Qing Li and his colleagues from Nippon Medical School found that visits to the forest (compared with urban trips) can have a long-lasting influence on immune system markers, increasing the activity of antiviral cells and intracellular anti-cancer proteins—and these changes remained significant for a full week after the visit.
Even the scent of nature may be beneficial: Chemicals secreted by trees, known as phytoncides, have been linked with improved immune defense as well as a reduction in anxiety and increase in pain threshold.
This shouldn’t replace other types of therapy, but getting outdoors can do a world of good. Also, this underlines the importance of maintaining quality green spaces in urban areas.