Watching Birds at Home Improves Your Mental Health

A study from the University of Exeter concluded that people living in areas with more birds are less prone to depression, anxiety and stress.

Dr Daniel Cox, who led the study, said: “This study starts to unpick the role that some key components of nature play for our mental well-being. Birds around the home and nature, in general, show great promise in preventative health care. Making cities healthier, happier places to live”.

The study involved 270 people from a wide range of ages, incomes, jobs and ethnicities. Furthermore, the study found a depression increased when people spent more time inside.

Most of the participants were unable to identify the species of birds but just being able to observe them did correlate with an improvement in mental health.