Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan and has been studied thoroughly. Research has shown that forest bathing has many health benefits. Most of us already know that spending time in the forest is good for us. The benefits include: boosted immune system, reduced blood pressure, reduced stress, improved mood, increased ability to focus, accelerated recovery from surgery or illness, increased energy levels, and improved sleep. How it works: simply spend a relaxing time in the forest, a leisurely stroll through the woods, or even just sit on a log in the sun.