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Knock, knock. It’s Mother Nature at your door, and you better invite her in! It’s just about common knowledge now that direct contact with nature leads to increased mental health and psychological development. According to Psychological Benefits of Nature Experiences: Research and Theory by John Davis, Ph.D., some benefits include relaxation, stress reduction, and mental restoration. Other benefits of nature, particularly for child development, include an increase in compassion, wisdom, guidance, and inner peace.
Living in Los Angeles, it’s not always easy for me to get an adequate dose of the outdoors sans concrete and steel, but it’s definitely not impossible. If you’re living in an urban area, try spending time in a city park or backyard, gardening, or tending a small plot of urban grass. If you can, plan ahead and go hiking in open space or a local nature preserve. Studies show that different encounters with nature can bring about positive emotional states, even if you’re just watching nature scenes on TV. So, if you really want to capitalize on your exposure to more things nature, I say bring a bit of nature to you!
Scatter these items around your home and see the difference a bit of green can make on your overall well-being:
Reap the benefits of interacting with natural objects and surroundings this year. I’m making it a goal to connect with Mother Nature regularly, and so should you. Hopefully you’ll become lifelong friends!
Speaking of friends, you can share the benefits mentioned above with loved ones, simply by sending them a Postcarden postcard! All they have to do is open it up, sprinkle and water the seeds enclosed, and enjoy their own mini garden indoors!