4 Ways A Connection With Nature is Vital to Our Health and Well-being

4 Ways A Connection With Nature is Vital to Our Health and Well-being

4 Ways A Connection With Nature is Vital to Our Health and Well-being

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Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~ Albert Einstein Click To Tweet

If you do only one thing this year, let it be to establish (or re-establish) a connection with nature. Not only will a connection with nature allow you to connect more to yourself, but others as well. The benefits are enormous — increased vitality exists above and beyond the energizing effects of physical activity and social interaction that are often associated with our forays into the natural world.

There are many ways to connect with ourselves and others, but maintaining a firm connection with nature is by far one of the best ways.

“Nature is fuel for the soul,” says Richard Ryan, lead author and a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. “Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature,” he says. “Research has shown that people with a greater sense of vitality don’t just have more energy for things they want to do, they are also more resilient to physical illnesses. One of the pathways to health may be to spend more time in natural settings.”

It’s an essential component for good health, according to University of Illinois environment and behavior researcher Frances ‘Ming’ Kuo.

“Through the decades, parks advocates, landscape architects, and popular writers have consistently claimed that nature had healing powers,” Kuo said. “But until recently, their claims haven’t undergone rigorous scientific assessment.”

Energy from nature — the earth, sun, sky, landscape, colour, and time affect people, animals, and possible events. This promotes harmony and helps overcome, or at times prevent, natural and manmade disasters.

It Grants Freedom From Societal Influence

If you found yourself suddenly transported into the woods with nothing surrounding you but nature, you would likely have no idea what year, or even century, it was. You might not even know what continent you’re on!

Since teleporting is unlikely to happen any time soon, try taking note of this phenomenon next time you go for a hike or stroll outdoors. Make an active attempt to connect to your connection with nature. Pay attention to how your thoughts and emotions naturally transform simply out of the change in surroundings — there are no trends, influences, or expectations, and, being free to ponder life in its purest form, your thinking tends to relax, easing gradually in that direction. Clarity arises. Solutions present themselves. Away from anything man-made, the tension our thought processes have (often unknowingly) taken on are relaxed, allowing imagination and wonder to infuse them once again. 

It can be very spiritual to spend some time removed from the noise and constructs of the industrial, and even rural environments. Learn how to tap into what you’ve always had… the power of bonding.

Hundreds of species of plants and animals can live amongst each other in one small area. This is the way the eco-system is meant to work — each fragment contributes to a greater balance as they coexist. Humans could certainly stand to take note, and the best way to do this is by simply walking into and connecting with nature once again.

It Increases Sociability

“In greener settings, we find that people are more generous and more sociable. We find stronger neighborhood social ties and greater sense of community, more mutual trust and willingness to help others.

“In less green environments, we find higher rates of aggression, violence, violent crime, and property crime — even after controlling for income and other differences,” says Kuo. “We also find more evidence of loneliness and more individuals reporting inadequate social support.”

The equation seems too simple to be true.

  • Access to nature and green environments yields better cognitive functioning, more self-discipline and impulse control, and greater mental health overall.
  • Less access to nature is linked to exacerbated attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms, higher rates of anxiety disorders, and higher rates of clinical depression.

It Makes You feel More Alive

Being outside in nature makes people feel more alive, finds a series of studies published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. And that sense of increased vitality exists above and beyond the energizing effects of physical activity and social interaction that are often associated with our forays into the natural world, the studies show.

It’s a Reminder of What Truly Matters

Step into any natural setting, and you’ll see that the life cycle is all around you. Plants and animals live and die to make room for the next generation. Though humans are a completely different life form, we are no exception to that rule.

When we revive our connection with nature, we are reminded that life is fleeting — and sometimes we need that perspective in order to remember what truly matters. (And to remind us how small we are in the grand scheme of things.) It might be scary to realize that nothing is permanent, but perhaps that’s what makes life so precious.

Source Notes / Commentary

Source: “A Sense Of Increased Vitality Exists With Nature That Cannot Be Reproduced“, by Josh Richardson, from Prevent Disease. Shared here via their copyright conditions.

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Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~ Albert Einstein Click To Tweet

If you do only one thing this year, let it be to establish (or re-establish) a connection with nature. Not only will a connection with nature allow you to connect more to yourself, but others as well. The benefits are enormous — increased vitality exists above and beyond the energizing effects of physical activity and social interaction that are often associated with our forays into the natural world.

There are many ways to connect with ourselves and others, but maintaining a firm connection with nature is by far one of the best ways.

“Nature is fuel for the soul,” says Richard Ryan, lead author and a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. “Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature,” he says. “Research has shown that people with a greater sense of vitality don’t just have more energy for things they want to do, they are also more resilient to physical illnesses. One of the pathways to health may be to spend more time in natural settings.”

It’s an essential component for good health, according to University of Illinois environment and behavior researcher Frances ‘Ming’ Kuo.

“Through the decades, parks advocates, landscape architects, and popular writers have consistently claimed that nature had healing powers,” Kuo said. “But until recently, their claims haven’t undergone rigorous scientific assessment.”

Energy from nature — the earth, sun, sky, landscape, colour, and time affect people, animals, and possible events. This promotes harmony and helps overcome, or at times prevent, natural and manmade disasters.

It Grants Freedom From Societal Influence

If you found yourself suddenly transported into the woods with nothing surrounding you but nature, you would likely have no idea what year, or even century, it was. You might not even know what continent you’re on!

Since teleporting is unlikely to happen any time soon, try taking note of this phenomenon next time you go for a hike or stroll outdoors. Make an active attempt to connect to your connection with nature. Pay attention to how your thoughts and emotions naturally transform simply out of the change in surroundings — there are no trends, influences, or expectations, and, being free to ponder life in its purest form, your thinking tends to relax, easing gradually in that direction. Clarity arises. Solutions present themselves. Away from anything man-made, the tension our thought processes have (often unknowingly) taken on are relaxed, allowing imagination and wonder to infuse them once again. 

It can be very spiritual to spend some time removed from the noise and constructs of the industrial, and even rural environments. Learn how to tap into what you’ve always had… the power of bonding.

Hundreds of species of plants and animals can live amongst each other in one small area. This is the way the eco-system is meant to work — each fragment contributes to a greater balance as they coexist. Humans could certainly stand to take note, and the best way to do this is by simply walking into and connecting with nature once again.

It Increases Sociability

“In greener settings, we find that people are more generous and more sociable. We find stronger neighborhood social ties and greater sense of community, more mutual trust and willingness to help others.

“In less green environments, we find higher rates of aggression, violence, violent crime, and property crime — even after controlling for income and other differences,” says Kuo. “We also find more evidence of loneliness and more individuals reporting inadequate social support.”

The equation seems too simple to be true.

  • Access to nature and green environments yields better cognitive functioning, more self-discipline and impulse control, and greater mental health overall.
  • Less access to nature is linked to exacerbated attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms, higher rates of anxiety disorders, and higher rates of clinical depression.

It Makes You feel More Alive

Being outside in nature makes people feel more alive, finds a series of studies published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. And that sense of increased vitality exists above and beyond the energizing effects of physical activity and social interaction that are often associated with our forays into the natural world, the studies show.

It’s a Reminder of What Truly Matters

Step into any natural setting, and you’ll see that the life cycle is all around you. Plants and animals live and die to make room for the next generation. Though humans are a completely different life form, we are no exception to that rule.

When we revive our connection with nature, we are reminded that life is fleeting — and sometimes we need that perspective in order to remember what truly matters. (And to remind us how small we are in the grand scheme of things.) It might be scary to realize that nothing is permanent, but perhaps that’s what makes life so precious.

Source Notes / Commentary

Source: “A Sense Of Increased Vitality Exists With Nature That Cannot Be Reproduced“, by Josh Richardson, from Prevent Disease. Shared here via their copyright conditions.

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