Being around birds linked to increased mental health


Photo by Becky Matsubara with Audubon

A bird sits perched on a wooden stand.

Following a recent study, it has been found that exposure to birds is associated with an improvement in one’s mental wellbeing. The improvement was observed within people who have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, amongst others, indicating the potential role of birds helping those struggling with their mental health.

Nearly 1,500 people living throughout Europe and the United States participated in the study, which took place over the span of three years. Researchers in London used an app to collect the instant feelings of participants upon seeing or hearing a bird. The app asked participants of the study three times a day whether they could see or hear a bird followed by a series of questions on their mental well-being.  

According to the results of the study, the mental health of participants with and without depression was improved after seeing or hearing a bird compared to not seeing or hearing a bird.