Being infamous for their high-quality of life ranking, Visit Sweden decided to dive into a case study revolving around immersing people from stressful urban areas into Swedish nature. Dubbed the 72 hour cabin case study, the five participants spent 72 hours this September living in gorgeous glass cabins on a lake in Dalsland, West Sweden experiencing nature for experimental purposes.
For those who spend lots of time outdoors, the results shouldn’t be surprising. “After 72 hours, they all showed a significant decrease in systolic blood pressure,” the study found. “Additionally, there was a drop in heart rate and an increase in well-being and even creativity.”
Participants also saw a 70-percent decrease in stress levels, which truly shows the positive impact nature has on humans in a mere 72 hours.
Researchers used methods like taking participant’s blood pressure and heart rates, while also having participants journal each evening about their thoughts, feelings and relationship to the nature around them to help create a picture of what the participants were feeling.
While admittedly “not a scientific study per se, no control group was studied,” it is still very telling. It also makes a lot of sense — if we were placed on a lake in Sweden in those wonderful-looking tiny homes, we’d probably feel pretty dang good, too.
Which is also now a possibility, since the cabins used in the study are now available for rent to the public. So if you’d like to recreate this study yourself, here’s your chance.
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