Hikers Are More Creative and Are Happier

 

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A licensed private pilot, Anthony ‘Tony’ Hartman from Dallas, Texas, is a business consultant who serves on the boards of various private companies. A healthy living enthusiast, Dallas resident Anthony Hartman enjoys hiking.

Doctors agree that hiking is one of the healthiest outdoor activities there is. Not only does it burn a ton of calories, it lowers blood pressure, prevents cardiovascular disease, and lowers the risk of diabetes and stroke. Here are two non-health-related benefits of hiking researchers recently discovered:

1) Hiking boosts creativity. Research published on the journal PLOS ONE showed that getting immersed in nature for four days, away from all the distractions of modern-day technology, can boost creativity and problem-solving skills by up to 50 percent. In another study, researchers from Stanford University found that participants were more creative when they were walking in nature versus when they were seated.

2) Hiking makes you happier. A study published by the National Institute of Health found that consistent group hiking reduced depression, hopelessness, and suicide ideation in people who had previously attempted suicide.

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