Park and welfare

19 Nov


A friend told me about drawing energy from trees to energize ourselves; I agree. I am no expert in trees. I don’t know their names and I don’t plan to get to know them. But, park is my stuff. I like to take a stroll to clear my head, lift my mood, and kill boredom. I observed there are more happy faces in parks than anywhere else in town. Perhaps that’s the power of nature, especially for those living in the grey cold buildings.

The love for green is suggested as a treatment for drug addicts too. As reported by BBC, there is a TV gardener Monty Don started a gardening therapy for the addicts to help them get off the hook. He said, “I have a complete faith in the healing power of the land.” He added, “About 27 have been through the project. Many stayed and worked hard, a couple dropped out, two or three “were nicked” again.” That percentage apparently is considered good in comparison to other therapies. I guess we must wait-and-see how the program is doing in the future to prove the healing power of nature.

The worrisome news is how many big cities especially in developing countries fail to provide parks for their residences to recharge.  I think one measure of how a country has advanced is its parks. 😀

…They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot…

– Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell


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