“All those who love Nature she loves in return, and will richly reward, not perhaps with the good things, as they are commonly called, but with the best things of this world-not with money and titles, horses and carriages, but with bright and happy thoughts, contentment and peace of mind.” ~John Lubbock
Nature can be a powerful healing force for all of us, only if we realize it and harness it for our own benefit.
According to recent scientific studies, spending time in nature can help boost our energy, happiness, creativity, memory and even self-esteem.
Unfortunately, most people in the Western world spend most of their time sitting inside a room, and they rarely go in the countryside to enjoy nature and receive all of the amazing physical and psychological benefits it has to offer.
Here are some recent research findings from scientific studies that prove the amazing health benefits spending time in nature can have to your mind:
Nature can increase your energy and happiness
Many studies have proved that spending time in nature can increase how energetic we are and how happy we feel about ourselves. Surprisingly, it was found that even spending only 20 minutes per day close to nature can significantly increase your energy or vitality. As Richard Ryan, professor at the University of Rochester and leading expert of the research study mentioned above, pointed out: “We have a natural connection with living things. Nature is something within which we flourish, so having it be more a part of our lives is critical, especially when we live and work in built environments.” So from now on, if you wish to feel more happy and energetic, why not go for a short walk in beautiful nature?
Nature can boost your creativity
Another particularly interested study showing the tremendous psychological benefits nature can offer to us was published in the journal PLOSone, which showed that spending time in nature could boost creativity up to 50%! This might sound far-retched but that’s exactly what researchers found, and I’d fully recommend you to spend some more time in nature, if you feel that your creative energy is stagnant.
Nature can enahance your short-term memory
Yes, you read that right: spending time in nature can even enhance the function of your short-term memory – even up to 20%! So if you experience foggy memory lately, I think it would be a great idea for you to go for a small walk in nature and clear that fog!
Nature can improve your self-esteem
Several studies have been carried out showing that exercising in nature can be one of the greatest ways to boost your self esteem. So if you’re not feeling that good about yourself, choose to spend some time moving your body in Nature and let her do her wonders!
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” ~Henry David Thoreau
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