How Nature Can Make Us Happier
“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”- Hans Christian Andersen
Welcome back to day 7 of Healthy Mind Power Week. 7 days of short inspiring articles to get your month off to the right start. This month we are focusing on Happiness Habits that if implemented into your life will bring your life greater joy, meaning and purpose.
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Nature for Happiness
Reconnecting with nature can relieve stress, boost energy levels, lift depression and improve overall well -being and mental health. It is known as Ecotherapy.
In 2008, the United Nations reported that we have officially become an urban species, where the number of humans who live in urban cities outnumber those who live in rural areas. Urban environments can feel hurried, stressful and can deteriorate our physical and mental health.
However, there is good news for us yet: The Finnish Forest Research Institute found that city parks and urban nature areas can have positive affects on our lives and mindset. No need to move to the country just yet! This study showed how people began to feel restored after just 15 MINUTES outside.
Feeling depressed? Maybe the answer is as simple as finding more green and blue time in your day to day life. Fresh air and sunshine definitely can’t hurt (as long as you’re sun safe of course!).
I like to explain our indoor urban life like this: Imagine you are a flower (we are a living thing!), flowers and plants require three essential things, water, oxygen and sunshine. Otherwise they will die. If we are not getting enough water, fresh air and sunshine in our lives, it isn’t surprising we feel tired, stressed and withered.
Today I challenge you to begin a habit of going outside into nature for 15 minutes a day. Maybe it is a short walk (encompassing the happiness habit of exercise), or to sit in a scenic location and use that time for the happiness habit of meditation. Eat your lunch outside. Most importantly put away phones and distractions during this time and be fully present to your surroundings. The idea is to interrupt your regular urban lifestyle and take some time in nature. Remember It takes 28 days to form a habit, so be sure to set a reminder or incorporate your other habits with this one so that it becomes part of your routine.
Recap: Happiness Habits
If you missed our earlier 6 habits to improve happiness check them out here:
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