You may enjoy spending time outdoors, but what you may not realize is the proven scientific truth that being outside is not only fun and enjoyable, but healthy for both our brains and our bodies. The benefits are invaluable and virtually impossible to replicate indoors or with man-made creations.
Proximity to nature can significantly boost our psychological and mental health. By simply being in the presence of trees and greenery, we can increase production of feel-good brain chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin. The key to strengthening these chemicals in our brain, and therefore increasing happiness, is by focusing on positive thoughts and feelings. Numerous studies have been conducted that have proven that being outdoors provides more positive feelings than any urban or interior setting, and that every type of green environment can improve both self-esteem and mood. When water is in close proximity, these positive feelings are multiplied. What’s more is that being outdoors can lower stress-inducing chemicals such as cortisol and adrenaline and increase our feelings of empathy and love, while in contrast being indoors can actually increase feelings of anxiety and fear.
Spending time in a forest atmosphere has been shown to increase creativity and productivity. Studies have shown that participants who took a stroll in nature scored the highest on a variety of aptitude and creative problem-solving tests. Office workers who possess just a decent view of wilderness from their desk have been proven more productive and successful in their roles. In addition, children who spend time outdoors playing have shown increased ability to concentrate and to better manage symptoms of ADHD.
Being exposed to the outdoors can bless us with physical health benefits as well. Plants release airborne chemicals to purify the air and fight insects. These chemicals boost our immune system and help fight diseases such as cancer. Our bodies require Vitamin D for necessary functions such as bone and cell growth and inflammation reduction. This vitamin can be difficult to obtain from food; therefore, natural sunshine is the best source for our bodies. In addition, spending a good portion of time in natural, outdoor lighting can help prevent vision loss and nearsightedness.
Create a cozy outdoor space to enjoy nature at home and you and your loved ones will reap the ample benefits. Consider adding a fountain or small pond for the added joy that water can bring, be sure to include plenty of greenery, and we guarantee you will establish an outdoor sanctuary that will be filled with happiness for years to come.