I am an avid walker and I prefer to walk outdoors. There’s something about being out in the fresh air, walking briskly, listening to the sounds of nature that makes me really come alive. I came across an article on facebook today that totally reinforces this idea. The article is entitled,
“How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier, and More Creative” by Jill Suttie, Psy.D., who is Greater Good‘s book review editor and a frequent contributor to the magazine. Here’s the link to the article.
Here are a few tidbits from the article.
- Nature makes you happier
- Nature increases your creativity
- Nature makes you feel more invigorated
- Nature gives you energy
- Being out in nature reduces stress and anxiety
“People have been discussing their profound experiences in nature for the last several 100 years—from Thoreau to John Muir to many other writers,” says researcher David Strayer, of the University of Utah. “Now we are seeing changes in the brain and changes in the body that suggest we are physically and mentally more healthy when we are interacting with nature.” For me, being out in nature is therapeutic, energizing and restorative. I set an intention to walk 5-6 days per week, for at least three miles. I don’t achieve my goal every day but I do come close and give myself an A for effort.
What about you? How often do you get out in nature? What do you do for stress relief? How can spending time in nature increase your creativity? How can you engage all of your senses when you are walking in nature? Please share your thoughts with me, I would love to hear how being in nature impacts your life!