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Can spending time in nature improve my capacity to focus?

Scientific research is increasingly showing that time in nature has direct and measurable positive effects on attention. Stephen Kaplan proposed the Attention Restoration Theory to explain that time in nature offers a relief from directed attention and thereby restores our capacity to pay attention. Research has shown direct impacts on improving focused attention following time in natural settings, including gardens, walks in the park or even just artwork depicting natural beauty. So many studies have shown positive results that one review of the literature describes time in nature as a readily available therapy with no side effects and zero cost that consistently and reliably boosts cognitive functioning.

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