At the end of their two-day visit to Stockholm on Wednesday, Prince William revealed that he and Catherine hope to encourage their own kids to get outside more, as outdoor play benefits both physical and mental health.
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“The Swedish love of the outdoors — the way you embrace your climate and environment and are committed to ensuring future generations can do the same; the fact that you do so when it is so cold is really inspiring,” he said.
“One lesson that we will take home with us is that children are actively encouraged to spend time outdoors, whatever the weather,” he continued. “This is obviously very good for their physical health but, as we learnt this morning at the remarkable Karolinska Institute, it has huge benefits for a child’s mental health as well.”
Research has shown that being outdoors can have a positive impact on mental health. Not only can it lift your mood, but a
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