Watching nature programmes is good for well-being

A new study has revealed that watching nature programmes on TV can uplift people’s moods. It can help reduce negative emotions and improve well-being. It can even alleviate the boredom that comes with being isolated indoors.


Not long ago, we blogged about the benefits for watching TV for the elderly, so we’re thrilled to hear this recent news. It is particularly prudent in this current time as we are all having to stay at home more. Lots of us, especially the elderly and vulnerable, are more susceptible to isolation and loneliness.

The study entailed researchers from the University of Exeter inducing feelings of boredom in 96 participants. They asked them to watch a video where a person describes their work in an office.

The participants were then played scenes of an underwater coral reef. The team found viewing this minimised negative feelings such as sadness and significantly reduced boredom.

Nicky Yeo, lead researcher on the study said on the University of Exeter’s website: “Our results show that simply watching nature on TV can help to lift people’s mood and combat boredom. With people around the world facing limited access to outdoor environments because of COVID-19 quarantines, this study suggests that nature programmes might offer an accessible way for populations to benefit from a ‘dose’ of digital nature.”

So, we’d highly recommend switching on a nature documentary to help boost your mood!