We are intrinsically a part of the natural world, and our lives are a little dimmer when we don’t take the time to enjoy it.
While there’s no denying the value of the creations of humankind—our architecture and art—but the natural world has a splendor unmatched by any building, city, or painting. Anyone who has taken a walk through, say, an autumn forest, the leaves gently floating, the air crisp and dry and crackling with energy, can tell you the effects of nature on mind, body, and soul. In a word, it’s freedom.
These effects are well-documented—at least as far as the mind and body go. Studies have shown that even looking at nature through a window can restore mental energy, lower the level of stress-related hormones in the blood, reduce inflammation, and enhance creativity.
And no matter what our beliefs, nature reminds us that we are part of a universe that is replete with beauty, mystery, and wonders to be explored. To begin enjoying the natural world, yourself, take a look at these 7 ways to find happiness in nature.