Mental health: why does snow do us good? – Featured

December 15, 2022

Winter is here and snow has already started to fall in some areas. Can this powder precipitation make you happy? Many studies seem to reach a consensus: flakes would improve our mental well-being.

The weather forecast is for snow across the country in the coming days. Is this good news? If you have to hit the road, you risk stressing over this announcement. On the other hand, if you are sensitive to the magic of Christmas or if you are less than 10 years old (or if you have retained your child’s soul), the answer will be yes for sure! And for good reason: it seems that the mere sight of snow promotes well-being and relaxation. Especially in a natural setting, it’s scientifically proven.

Indeed, several teams have looked into the impact of snow on morale. Thus, scientists from the University of Rochester in the United States tested the fact of walking in a snowy forest in 32 young women, compared to a walk in town (also snowy). The result was found to be more favorable in nature: tests evaluating anxiety, anger and depression saw these various emotions attenuated in the forest.

Lots of snow…

Another study, this time conducted by the University of Kentucky, showed that the acoustic properties of snow – which absorb 60% of noise – provide a feeling of serenity and calm. Which is a factor of relaxation and fight against stress. However, to be effective, a few scattered flakes will not be enough.

It also takes quite a bit of snow to enjoy the happiness associated with powder activities. Skiing, snowboarding etc… Because practicing these sports – in the snow by definition – brings “pleasure, commitment and satisfaction”according to the authors of a study conducted by Yonsei University, South Korea.

Not to mention the magic that emanates from a snowy landscape! The bright eyes of the children attest to this, as well as their joy when they can play in the snowflakes. So, whatever your age, if the snow falls enough, do not deprive yourself: make snowmen and snowball fights!

  • Source : New York University, Etats-Unis – University of Warmia and Mazury à Olsztyn, Pologne – University of Kentucky

  • Written by : Dominique Salomon – Edited by: Emmanuel Ducreuzet

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