As you know, last weekend I took Quigley, Jr. on a camping trip. It was so awesome that I decided to continue the fun this weekend and go on a hike through the woods, just outside of Lily Pad.
I came across an interesting article the other day that talked about how hiking, and being out in nature, can make us happier, kinder, and more creative. I'm all for that!
Scientists are finding out that nature has a profound impact on our brains. Although this is pretty common knowledge for us frogs, it's good that humans are finally catching up. In addition to the brain, nature can also affect behavior. It can help us reduce anxiety, brooding, and stress; it can also increase our attention capacity, creativity,and humans ability to connect with other humans. For over 100 a years, people from Henry David Thoreau to John Muir have written about their often-profound experiences from being in nature. In much more modern times, scientists are seeing where spending time in nature can positively affect the brain and physical health of humans. Studies have shown, too, that spending time in nature, vesus strolling down a city street, reduces more stress and even can increase memory function.
This is believed to occur because of differences in brain activation from viewing scenes in nature as opposed to those of built-up urban areas.
But here's the best news, at least I think so. Experiments performed at the University of California in Berkeley, showed the potential impact of walking in nature on the human's "willingness to be generous, trusting, and helpful towards others." What makes these studies even more interesting is that the perceived beauty of the nature scene that's viewed, affected how much more generous, trusting, and willingness to be helpful, the subjects were apt to be; the prettier the scene, the nicer they became. Hmmm. That's definitely food for thought!
Communing in nature always make everyone feel more alive. Don't you feel more invigorated after being outside? I know I sure do. So in this time of greater sedentary behavior (like now while I'm banging away on the computer keyboard) it's even more important for us to schedule breaks for a little R & R spent outside in the beauty of nature.
The birds are singing, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and spring is just begining to make her beautiful self known. Isn't this the perect time to go outside and take a walk...or a picnic...and enjoy the fresh air? The abundance of nature is waiting to strut her stuff, just for you. And I'm sure you won't want to miss that!
Have a great weekend and I hope to see everyone back here on Monday...refreshed and invigorated.