Denver is full of happy people. This notion is so ubiquitous, we needn’t back it up with percentages or a source. It’s common knowledge. And in pondering the reasons for our sunny disposition (300 days of sunny, to be exact), we can’t help but think it might have something to do with our location.
Many researchers have found that your proximity to nature has quite a lot to do with your mental health. One study conducted at Stanford, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, found that people who chose to walk for 90 minutes in a natural area showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with depression. Their studies also concluded that general time in nature had a positive effect on mood and aspects of cognitive function, including dampening anxiety and improving memory function.
So for those contemplating a career in the mental health field, what better place to learn than a University nestled in a habitat rife with nature’s medicine? Talk about setting you up for success.
At Regis University, our accredited M.A. in Counseling or M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy programs can help position you to forever change a patient’s life. Our vision involves a commitment to the deepest roots of the Regis Mission -- to educate counselors and therapists who are grounded in the awareness and cultivation of their intrinsic values and the understanding of how to advocate for patients and facilitate positive change, all in service to our community.
If this sounds like your cup of calm tea, then don’t hesitate to learn more about our division of counseling and family therapy here . Classes start in May, August and January.