Opinion: Connecting with nature a sure-fire way to bolster your wellbeing
Watching nature programmes makes us happier. It's probably something we would all have thought. But now, it's official.
The BBC recently published the results of The Real Happiness Project, which confirms that even short engagement with such shows leads to significant increases in positive emotions including awe, contentedness and joy.
The research followed the launch of the BBC's Planet Earth II last November, which, like Planet Earth a decade earlier, is inspiring unprecedented numbers of people to connect with the natural world.
Although both genders experienced increases in positive feelings, the increase for women was 35pc stronger.
The effect was even more pronounced on younger people, who, at the outset, were feeling higher levels of negative emotions, such as anxiety.
The BBC study adds to a growing body of scientific evidence showing that a connection to nature is of fundamental importance to a person's wellbeing.
In the same vein, I really want to mention TG4's recent two-part series Éire Fhiáin. Produced and presented by Eoin Warner, it has, rightly, been dubbed Ireland's answer to Planet Earth.
Teeming with colour, life and atmosphere, it's well- paced, the footage sublime and the accompanying music a perfect match.