Colorado is one of the best places to see the change in color that occurs in trees during the fall, but did you know that taking in the scenery could actually make you nicer?
In a set of recent experiments, researchers at the University of Rochester in New York monitored the effects of natural versus artificial environments — and found that nature actually makes us nicer.
“Previous studies have shown the health benefits of nature range from more rapid healing to stress reduction to improved mental performance and vitality,” says Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology, psychiatry and education at the University of Rochester and co-author of the study, published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
“Now we’ve found nature brings out more social feelings, more value for community and close relationships. People are more caring when they’re around nature,” he says.
Researchers found that even artificial and pictures of nature will do the trick, but why not take advantage of the gorgeous scenery this time of year? The colors generally peak the final two weeks of September and the first week in October – be sure to catch a glimpse before they’re gone!
9NEWS Meteorologist Marty Coniglio has compiled a list of the nine best drives to take in Colorado.
And if you don’t find one you like or need more information, the U.S. Forest Service operates a Fall Color Hotline at 1-800-354-4595.
If you or someone in your life could use a little “nice fix”, get in the car and head to the fall colors to get healthier and nicer!