Oliver Burkeman writes a column at The Guardian and I read it regularly. This weeks is particularly appropriate.
"......a clutch of recent findings have begun to demonstrate how even the
tiniest kinds of engagement with nature deliver a psychological boost.
When you can't climb mountains, it turns out, merely blurring the
boundary between indoors and out may suffice. Office workers who glimpse
a tree or two are both happier and more productive; in one analysis,
of a university building in Oregon, workers on the greenery-facing side
took 19% fewer sick days. If you're treated in hospital for bipolar
disorder, the evidence
suggests, you'll be discharged several days sooner on average if your
room is naturally lit. Pupils do worse in tests in windowless
classrooms. Even looking at photographs of natural scenes lowers blood
But, don't let me paraphrase, read it for yourself.