Over in America, May 16th means only one thing every year; it’s Love a Tree Day, meaning that everyone heads outside to hug their favourite leafy friend! Although to a lot of people tree hugging is regarded as a crazy idea spawned by the hippy generation, it does actually hold some scientific validity and benefits. The benefits of tree hugging Hugging, touching or merely being in the vicinity of a tree can actually have some huge health benefits according to the pros. Scientists have published evidence in hundreds of studies which shows that trees significantly improve many health problems including mental illness, concentration levels, reaction times and headaches. They have also found that children’s psychological well-being is improved if they interact with plants. A lot of people have thought for a while that vast green spaces can be beneficial because of the clean air that they provide, however this is not the only reason why the natural world can be valuable to humans. The real reason that trees and plants are beneficial to our health is because of their natural vibrations. Natural vibrations Everything inside us and around us is constantly vibrating but it is all vibrating at different speeds. It is this change of vibrations that the body experiences when touching a tree that can be so beneficial to our health because it affects every biological behaviour within the body. When humans become stressed, angry or upset there is a build-up of negative energy inside the body and touching a tree can rectify this. Because trees and plants vibrate differently to humans touching one changes all of the biological processes and brings atoms and cells into alignment. It is the fact that a tree’s vibration is different to a human’s vibration that makes it so beneficial because it absorbs the negative energy leaving us calm and revitalised. Feed a tree Now you know the benefits that hugging a tree can have you’d be silly not to get out there on Thursday to celebrate. Love a Tree Day doesn’t just involve hugging trees - although it’s definitely worth it because of the huge benefits that you could experience. Try feeding a thirsty tree with some water. A lot of people forget about the trees in their garden when they’re watering other plants and flowers because they simply blend into the background and don’t cry out for attention like bright flowers, however, the truth is that trees often don’t receive enough water and you taking a little time out of your day to provide them with this could actually make a huge difference to their wellbeing. If your garden is looking a little treeless then consider planting a tree for Love a Tree Day and watch it grow over the years. In America Love a Tree Day is a huge annual event that many people take part in and with your help it could become huge over here too. So this Thursday why don’t you take up the hippy tradition with a few of your closest friends in the local park and go out and hug a tree?