scientific study recently found that time spent in nature can make positive changes in one's mood and well-being.
I've certainly found this to be true in my time on Aspö. My connection to the environment around me there is much stronger than I've experienced before: what flowers are blooming, the different birds flying about, the crunch of a moose's hooves in the distance.
Perhaps the connection to nature, and one's fellow island residents, pushes away the stresses of a more fast-paced urban life?
That makes sense on an emotional level, but now we have scientific proof as well.