A Positive Distraction

The connection between nature and healing has been known for more than a thousand years. Asian cultures were the first to recognize how lush gardens could induce tranquility and healing. Later, in the Middle Ages, European monasteries featured elaborate gardens to comfort and provide solitude to people under the monks’ care. And even until the late 1800s, U.S. and European hospitals, too, tended private gardens, where patients could sit closer to nature to expedite the natural healing process. By the …

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