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© COX LANDSCAPE & GARDEN DESIGN 2018                              616.295.1233           steve@coxlandscape.com
COX LANDSCAPE & GARDEN DESIGN                                                           where art meets horticulture                                For excellence in Landscape & Garden Design        3934 Wilton S.E.        Grand Rapids, MI 49508        phone  616-295-1233  
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  THE MANY HEALTH/WELLNESS BENEFITS OF A BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED LANDSCAPE
Stress is a killer. We all deal with it on a daily basis. The modern world with all its ‘conveniences’ simply has increased the stress we endure, not lessened it as advertisers would have us believe. Our stress levels and our blood pressure are directly affected by our environment. After a tough day in the concrete jungle it only makes sense to immerse yourself in, or at least view from a window, the beauty that a quality landscape can provide. Much research has revealed that a tremendous stress reducer can be found just outside our windows.  Dr. Roger Ulrich is one of the leaders in this research. He says, “The notion that certain types of nature settings reduce stress is underpinned partly by findings from a score of scientific studies on populations other than healthcare patients. This research has convincingly demonstrated that visual exposure to real or simulated views of nature produces substantial emotional or psychological and physiological recovery from stress within three to five minutes at most, or as quickly as 20 seconds in some bodily systems. Investigators have reliably found that stress-reducing or restorative effects of looking at nature are manifested as a collection of positive changes characterized by heightened positive feelings, reduced negative emotions such as fear or anger, and changes in physiological systems including lower stress mobilization (cardiovascular, electrocortical, neuroendocrine, musculoskeletal). 1 It can also have pain-reducing effects. As I get older, I appreciate this aspect more and more. Dr. Mark Berman at UofM said, “performance on memory and attention tests improved by 20 percent after study subjects paused for a walk through an arboretum.” 2 On an everday basis we don’t have access to public parks or backcountry wilderness but we can still achieve great stress-reduction and other health benefits from our home landscapes. Francis Kou of the University of Illinois said that people living near green spaces: coped better with everyday stress and hardship; were less agressive and less violent; performed better on tests of concentration; and managed problems more effectively. 3 Nicole Wisniewski of Grand View Media quotes Dr. Wallace J. Nichols at the California Academy of Sciences as saying, being in nature and around water shifts our brain toward hope and compassion and away from stress and anger. 4 I have found these benefits to be true with my own landscape. It provides an immediate escape and relaxation point from the stressors of this world. Even at night, and in the winter, I have come to appreciate the inestimable value of my own garden sanctuary retreat and would love to have the opportunity to initiate or enhance your landscape experience.                                           -  Stephen Cox
1  The Environments Impact on Stress    Ulrich, Zimring, Quan & Joseph 2006 Research Shows Nature Helps with Stress        Jared Green (https://aslathedirt.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/arboretum.jpg) 3  Human Benefits of Green Spaces   Dr. Susan Barton Univ. of Delaware  2009 Do You Need Some Green Time?  Article in Turf Magazine, November 2017
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© COX LANDSCAPE & GARDEN DESIGN 2018                              616.295.1233           steve@coxlandscape.com
COX LANDSCAPE & GARDEN DESIGN                                                           where art meets horticulture                                For excellence in Landscape & Garden Design        3934 Wilton S.E.        Grand Rapids, MI 49508        phone  616-295-1233  
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