Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Faculty Publications
 

Title

Nature-based recreation, mood change, and stress restoration

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Leisure Sciences

Volume

17

Publication Date

1995

First Page

1

Last Page

14

Abstract

People recreating outdoors (at an urban, park) and people recreating indoors (in their homes) assessed their moods at the start, middle, and end of their brief (less than 2‐hr) leisure experiences. Moods changed slightly but significantly, and some of these changes were consistent with predictions that leisure reduces stress. Contrary to expectations, recreating near nature produced no more restoration than did recreating indoors, away from nature.

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