are good for everyone, but they appear to be especially beneficial
for girls. A study by University of Illinois researchers Frances Kuo,
Bill Sullivan, and Andrea Faber Taylor found that the greener and
more natural a girls view from home, the better she scored on
tests of self-discipline.
The greater a girls self-discipline, the more likely she is
to do well in school, to avoid unhealthy or risky behaviors, and to
behave in ways that foster life success. Self-discipline was measured
by the ability to concentrate, to inhibit impulsive behavior and to
Boys showed no link between test scores and nature near home, but
for girls, on average, the greener the view the higher the scores.