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Research has shown that environments can increase or reduce our stress, and this in turn impacts our bodies. The sterile environment of hospitals or treatment rooms can cause patients to feel helpless, sad, depressed or anxious, which may lead to elevated blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and immune system suppression. An environment that is pleasant can reverse that and viewing scenes of nature creates a setting patients can retreat to.

Nature can help us cope with pain because we become engrossed in the trees, plants, animals, water and other natural elements. We become absorbed by scenes from nature and distracted from our pain and discomfort.

Help ShutterHeart Stories bring scenes of nature to patients and their caregivers by making a donation to support the purchase of monitors which will be placed in hospital waiting and treatment rooms, convalescent facilities and veteran’s hospitals. These monitors will have slideshows of scenes from nature that will allow patients and their caregivers to have a retreat from their pain and discomfort.

Unlike framed artwork these monitors will being changing scenes for patients to view creating a window to nature for those who may not otherwise be able to be outdoors in nature.

ShutterHeart Stories is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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