Your brain wants to be outside. Trick it with these films.
Nature can be an antidote to stress. When people venture into the great outdoors, their anxiety reduces and their mood lifts.
A recent review of scientific literature found as little as 10 minutes a day of exposure to nature could be beneficial.
Other experts say the ideal dose for mental and physical health is 120 minutes per week.
It may explain why many people love to watch the sunset, walk through the forest, or swim in the sea.
These days, time outside may be more limited. Luckily, studies suggest it is possible to glean nature's mood-boosting benefits, without ever leaving your home.
In a small study examining 48 prison inmates living in solitary confinement, 91 percent reported feeling calmer after watching nature videos. Eighty percent said they still felt calm several hours after the videos ended, and could better self-regulate their emotions.
In Sir David Attenborough's culminating "witness statement," he describes the shocking environmental damage waged by humankind and charts a path toward recovery.
It's incredibly moving and filled with captivating footage of the natural world.
My Octopus Teacher chronicles the unlikely friendship between a filmmaker and an octopus living in a South African kelp forest.
It may change the way you think about marine ecosystems — and relationships between people and animals.
Watch how the animal kingdom comes alive under the cloak of darkness, using the latest night-photography technology.
Chasing Coral takes place in the deep blue, following a group of divers, scientists, and photographers racing to document coral bleaching events spanning the world's oceans.
Virunga documents the stunning beauty and biodiversity under siege by oil companies in Virunga National Park.
Set during the rise of the M23 Rebellion in 2012, the film follows the conservation work of park rangers fighting to preserve the home of the world's last mountain gorillas, and an entire community's livelihood.