I’ve been thinking a lot about appreciation recently since I was introduced to this beautiful video of John Rutter’s Look at the World.
It made me return to the wondering about nature and why it has such an effect on us. In this informative National Geographic piece on the benefits of nature in the article Call to Wild. David Strayer discusses what he calls the ‘3-day effect’
“Our brains, he says, aren’t tireless three-pound machines; they’re easily fatigued. When we slow down, stop the busywork, and take in beautiful natural surroundings, not only do we feel restored, but our mental performance improves too.”
The article continues further to state how “A 15-minute walk in the woods causes measurable changes in physiology.”
“Japanese researchers led by Yoshifumi Miyazaki at Chiba University sent 84 subjects to stroll in seven different forests, while the same number of volunteers walked around city centers. The forest walkers hit a relaxation jackpot: Overall they showed a 16 percent decrease in the stress hormone cortisol, a 2 percent drop in blood pressure, and a 4 percent drop in heart rate. Miyazaki believes our bodies relax in pleasant, natural surroundings because they evolved there. Our senses are adapted to interpret in- formation about plants and streams, he says, not traffic and high-rises.”
I was amazed to read further on in the article that doctors at a children’s hospital in California are now writing prescriptions for the young patients and their families to visit nearby parks. What a step forward in the right direction…