We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves
— Andy Goldsworthy

Naturally Happy

If you’re reading this you probably instinctively know that spending time in nature is good for you.

In the last 30 years or so, life has become pressured, with a constant need for 'busy-ness' . Many people today spend relatively little time outside or engaged with nature.  Scientific research found that this disconnection leaves us vulnerable to negative moods or reduced attention span. Environmental writer Richard Louv coined the phrase  “nature deficit disorder”. 

Now, though, more than 100 academic studies worldwide have proved what nature lovers already knew -  that engaging with the natural world has positive impacts on our brains, bodies, feelings, thought processes, and even how we interact socially. 

There’s something about being in nature that helps us to feel good,  We're more alive, and connected,   On a practical level, negative stress is reduced and we have more energy. Emotionally we are in awe, and our creativity is inspired.   Added to this, it's also been found that experiencing the beauty of nature increases other positive feelings, leading to us being kinder and more generous! I think that's pretty amazing. Nature, by it's existence, makes us happy.

So, it's all very well for those of us who are fit and active, but I'm sometimes asked how people who have difficulty getting (out doors) outdoors can benefit from nature?

Take a look at these photos.  How do they make you feel?

 

Seeing images and videos of the natural world  has now been proved to promote generosity, cooperation, and lead to kinder behaviour!   Yes, just looking at gorgeous photos! This is so simple!  I wonder how many people could be helped to feel better through doing this this? 

I believe that nature has most, if not all, of the answers we're seeking; and that we must cherish and protect this amazing natural world  - for all our sakes - and our happpiness. 

 “There I feel that nothing can befall me in life—no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson