Boost Immune System (and Mood!) with Awe-Inspiring Scenery

A recent study found that breathtaking scenery can bring positive health benefits.
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A recent study found that breathtaking scenery can bring positive health benefits.
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No wonder taking the scenic route feels so good!

Marveling at a wow-worthy ocean view, mountain vista, or starry sky this summer may give your immune system a boost, report University of California, Berkeley, researchers in the journal Emotion. They found that healthy people who experienced more positive feelings, particularly the emotion of awe, had lower levels of cytokines, proteins that in healthy levels support the immune system, but that can lead to inflammation and disease when levels are chronically high. While the exact link between awe and healthy cytokine levels is unknown, researchers believe that witnessing nature is one of the best ways to spark the emotion and its immune-supporting benefits.

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