What The Outdoors Can Do For Our Mood And Well-Being

06/20/2015 11:43 am ET | Updated Jun 22, 2015

What do you do to lift your spirits when you’re down in the dumps? Watch TV? Listen to music? Cry and eat a pint of ice-cream? Perhaps a better solution is to simply sit outside.

A connection with nature may actually help to make us happier and healthier individuals. Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “an early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” And his philosophy holds some merit: Research shows that spending just a few minutes outside improves our moods.

Happify, a website dedicated to helping people build skills for happiness through science-based activities and games, provides a detailed infographic outlining the benefits of experiencing nature. Take a look at it below and then head out to your nearest green space and enjoy the rejuvenating powers of nature.

--Rebecca Scholl

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