Does Hugging Trees Really Improve Your Well-Being? Science Says YES!

Written by on January 31, 2018 in Sci-Tech, Science with 111 Comments


By Caroline Rolf | The Plaid Zebra

Remember your elementary school French teacher who wore flowing skirts and ate only granola? Whenever you hear the term “tree-hugger,” you often associate the nickname with left-wing extremists or a slandered hippy practice. Contrary to our notions, hugging trees has been scientifically proven to benefit your health in several ways. In fact, simply being in the vicinity of a tree will give you a boost.

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This ancient practice has been confirmed to have advantages that improve health issues ranging from concentration levels and reaction times to depression, ADHD and other forms of mental illness. The studies conducted can be found in Matthew Silverstone’s book, Blinded by Science, where his research even indicated a tree’s ability to relieve headaches.

The studies conclude that children show significant psychological and physiological health improvements when interacting with trees and nature. More specifically, the children functioned better emotionally and were more creative in the green environment. It makes sense that connecting with where we come from and stepping away from our hectic schedules can help us centre and boost our mood.

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How do trees significantly improve our wellbeing?

Without a doubt, the majority of us breathe a sigh of relief when we venture out to an open green space, but Silverstone shows that this alleviation of mood is more than a theory – it’s vibration. The fact that everything around us vibrates means that different vibration frequencies affect biological behaviour. When touching a tree, its vibrational properties are different from our own and it absorbs our negative energy while we are able to take in the tree’s beneficial qualities.

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By practicing tree hugging, you’ll be following a longstanding tradition that has been observed around the globe. Some forests, like Finland’s Koli National Park, has thought to be more spiritual than a church. In Japan, people practice forest bathing, where they spend extended periods of time in ancient forests to absorb wisdom and stimulate their immune system. A community in Italy, Damanhur, has a laboratory in the woods that offers a beautiful choir of singing trees. Indigenous peoples live among plants and animals, knowing which plants are safe to eat and what will cure a particular disease.


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  1.' Amy Dyck Henneberg says:

    Brian Henneberg

  2.' Roxanne Tafalla says:

    O (giggles)

  3.' Nwe Nwe Latt says:

    No trees in town

  4.' Marnie Brogle Case says:


  5.' Andrea Carrasco says:

    I have two in my backyard, Im more affectionate with one ?

  6.' Ashtin Vorwerk says:

    I knew it!

  7.' Manu Roberts says:

    Agree…just being near them makes me feel good…kind of feeling a bond!

  8.' Nikki Williams says:

    Absolutely X

  9.' Bob Wert says:

    If that’s true, I am the epitome of health and well-being. With all those days sitting in a tree with my bow waiting for a deer, I should have shredded 20 years. Ha ha

  10.' Roxanna Cline says:

    Tim Hughes

  11.' Mayse Vila says:

    I have started to hug trees 20 year ago, I love their energy specially Oak and Willow trees.

  12.' Yvonne Atkins says: read sign and share for my suffering baby please!

  13.' Samuel Drapeau says:

    Sometimes, I’d do it often if people weren’t staring at me saying like “what the fuck ?” In their minds.

  14.' Carroll Virginia Walker says:

    definitely a tree hugger I am..

  15.' Jean Allmey says:

    Yes sometimes. Find it soothing. Oak is favourite.

  16.' Shoshana Love says:


  17.' Maridel E. Dauba says:

    Many years ago when I last hug a tree, I was an elementary grade student at that time when I last hug……. One or three trees if I remember it right. Mango tree and Nara tree…………….., well I can’t remember the last one because that was happened about early 2000 (somewhere in 2003-2005)

  18.' Michael Patrick says:

    Trees are people too!

  19.' Stephen Pike says:

    My aging mother and I were planting a tree in her back yard… She had many trees, but wanted to plant another. I was digging away, and asked her why she planted so many trees… Her reply was, “Well, they’re paving everywhere else. Someone has to plant trees.”

  20.' Stephen Pike says:

    Touch, bless and thank them for being beautiful as you walk by. Do this repeatedly, and quietly observe how their relationship with you changes.

  21.' Jelena Benjak says:


  22.' Gerardo Maldonado says:

    I punch trees.

  23.' Kari Reil says:

    I’m craving camping to no end….I really miss being outside 24/7

  24.' Yogesh Anand says:

    I did once or twice

  25.' Rencia De Villiers says:

    Often 🙂

  26.' Monica Mancini Gabrielli says:

    This Is something difficult to describe….
    How you feel before and after…
    I share with people sometimes and they look at you as….”yeah… Right ! ”
    So finally, we can get a news that clear my life experience and share the happiness I feel when you hug a tree.

  27.' Daniela Federico says:

    Whenever stress starts to get to me, a walk in the forest is the best medicine. You feel totally revived and re-energized. The bigger the trees the better you feel.

  28.' Maru Elizabeth says:

    Amanda Bueno

  29.' Melissa Louise FoxStone says:


  30.' Veronica Tay says:

    Meli Mele

  31.' Cara Johnson says:

    One tree hugger here

  32.' Shaneferro Harris says:

    i hug kauri trees !!!!!

  33.' Lexie Peterson Ulubiyo says:

    Idk everything or much about anything but I know my 20 month old sure loves to hug him some trees lol there must be something he knows that I dont!

  34.' Gloria Lloyd says:


  35.' Jami Bigham says:

    O ….ya! :-*

  36.' Enereta Nerman says:

    Every morn wen jogging,someone told me ,it gve positive energy,since cant stop hugging or touching leaves,

  37.' Emma Lawless says:

    Meggsy Smith

  38.' Kimberly Killian says:

    I must admit,,, I have never hugged a tree. Perhaps when I go out later, I will make a point to hug a tree..

  39.' Rose Ann Hill says:

    Yup, huggin trees always warms my heart and flatlines any negative vibes

  40.' Cassandra Royce-Sanderson says:


  41.' Robert Rodriquez says:

    I love trees but llllllove them!!!
    But here is an alternative baby girl

  42.' Rebecca Hayes says:

    I’m a proud tree hugger!!

  43.' Kristen Sayer says:

    Liam Boston

  44.' Silvia Romo says:

    Ruth Karina Lozano remember?! read this… we’re not that crazy jiji

  45.' Cathy Whelan-Bruce says:


  46.' Bex Mudie says:

    Sure do,and my young son too.x

  47.' Susan J Ivy says:

    Well maybe I will start.

  48.' Althea de Coning says:

    O. Often such great energy received from trees.

  49.' Rosemary Frank says:

    S <3

  50.' Lunadelaine Leurcalliv says:


  51.' Lejlë Gryka says:

    Nuk m’besut kurre Emanuela Emma Ana Gjoka Rasela Qalliu

  52.' Emanuela Emma says:

    Lejlë Gryka e kam dit…pse gjithmone me zente gjumi me kenbet tek pema nvaldanos?? Kastile e beja ahha

  53.' Erica Clem says:

    I hug ’em

  54.' Thomas Chambers says:

    I just love nature full stop 🙂

  55.' Chinedu Crystal says:

    Never, but will begin hugging trees from tomorrow.

  56.' Julie A Dorman says:

    Sometimes i do, it just sit and lean on one

  57.' Barbro Malgeryd Yogev says:

    Every day! Trees are the antennas to the Universe, hug a tree= stay connected. So simple ….

  58.' Claire Sideras says:

    Αυτό μου έλειπε

  59.' Kaynikha U-pachiwa says:


  60.' Emily Koechel Gerde says:

    Rarely but will do more when our family moved to more rural area in spring

  61.' Robert McNabb says:

    i hug them right before i cut them.

  62.' Maryanne Murray says:

    Annette Popovich

  63.' Coming Full Circle Through Changes, Challenges and Transitions says:

    It is fabulous for “grounding” a person who is stressed or nervous. I love hugging trees just for the energy it gives me. I used to live in the middle of 5 acres of trees and tree hugging was a favorite healing activity of those who came to our retreat Center.

  64.' Nancy Bierlein Jansons says:

    I believed this 40 years ago. It is true.

  65.' Vincent Tan says:

    On The…. Wake Of… Knocking On Wood…

  66.' 李寶童 says:

    Surly , I thought you would like to make all human protecting our plant and planet as hug a tree to improve your well – being

  67.' Melissa Arguijo Hernandez says:

    Bobbie Arguijo-Egnew

  68.' Bamboo and Organics says:

    whenever I get the chance

  69.' Vicki Woodie says:

    Yes, I hug Trees “and” I feel their beautiful “Energy”! Plants have feelings too?

  70.' Amber Smail says:

    No but I hear that its the best sex of your life. Lmao

  71.' Chris Hayes says:

    Give me a chainsaw. I’d rather cut them down!

  72.' Herb Wiley says:

    And when you kiss them the fun starts.

  73.' Nada Taleb says:

    i never knew that but i always hug a tree when there is no one around. lol

  74.' Anna Wilson says:

    Danielle Victoria Simon

  75.' Luke Olivier says:

    anything that gives pleasure heals

  76.' Diane Sommer says:

    Yes every DAY!

  77.' Jennifer Jones Shaver says:

    I have many in my yard and they know me well <3

  78.' Meagan Johnson says:

    Marisa Dirk

  79.' Steph Dementiev says:


  80.' Adelaine Decampong Rosales says:

    i see maybe thats the best i should do if i feel depress and need someone to hug and talk and cry for.

  81.' Estelle Holder Harildstad says:

    I must give it a try

  82.' Allie May says:

    Gabby Molinar told you

  83.' Nancy Wang says:

    I had a Chinese healer who told me to hug a tree everyday, but not just any tree, a pine tree. He said there was a negative energy the tree needed to get rid of that was good for us, and our negative energy was good for the tree. He was not talking about oxygen carbon dioxide exchange. I tried all kinds of trees and felt nothing until I found the pine tree. I hugged it and there was an amazing buzz of energy that exchanged between my heart area and the tree. Wow.

  84.' Joanne Benzenhafer says:

    Well I should be loaded with positive effects. My subdivision lot has 4 giant oaks which shade my yard so much, growing grass is impossible (no loss there) so it is planted with shade friendly plants.

  85.' Anselmo de Oliveira says:


  86.' Neutral Monalisa says:

    Well, Let’s find a tree

  87.' Hildur Pálsdóttir says:

    O: Tree hugging is the core of my spiritual life. My sanctuary and place of worship being the woods. For me it’s all about tuning into our natural frequencies, the trees being our roots – the home from which we came, that fateful day when one monkey said to another: let’s climb down and take a walk?

  88.' Michelle Helisma says:

    Cian PJ Breen this was us lol

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