Research has found that spending time in nature may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.

Here are 11 scientific reasons you should be spending more time outside:

1) Improved short-term memory

2) Restored mental energy

3) Stress relief

4) Reduced inflammation

5) Better vision

6) Improved concentration

7) Sharper thinking and creativity

8) Possible anti-cancer effects

9) Immune system boost

10) Improved mental health

11) Reduced risk of early death