I am often called a tree-hugger and have been for years. Although I don’t mind the term, it is most often used lightly as a ‘granola’-like stereotype. What most people don’t realize that I actually love to hug trees; all sorts of trees but especially the really big ones I can’t even begin to reach my arms around! The action of embracing a tree always generates a great sense of serenity and gratitude within me. Now there is research to support the notion that hugging trees can benefit not only your mental/emotional/spiritual well-being, but that ‘forest bathing,’ as it is referred to in Japan, can stimulate your immune system and improve your general state of health!