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Nature and Health

7 Ways Being In Nature Soothes Your Soul

Alexa Cortese | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Alexa Cortese

Chaos is inevitable, and life is not always going to fall into place seamlessly. While the messy parts of life may not always be resolved positively, there is always a chance you'll find a rainbow at the end of the storm.

No Politician Left Inside

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 07.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Wallace J Nichols

When stuck inside, attending endless meetings under low ceilings, bathed in artificial light, sipping from styrofoam cups, our brains and bodies physi...

Burned Out on Caregiving? Take Some Vitamin N!

Tory Zellick | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Tory Zellick

"Because nature is calming to the mind and uplifting to the mood, it can shift both the caregiver and care recipient into a place where simply being present together feels rewarding."

How To Create Your Own Retreat From The World

Linda Buzzell | Posted 06.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

I feel that our gardens have a special function in times of stress. Whether we're suffering from public crises or private losses, all are soothed by time in the garden.

Silent Retreat: The New Frontier in Psychotherapy

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

After a few days of peace and quiet, time free from our mental traffic, retreat participants begin discovering new parts of themselves. They find inner resources that they never found in therapy. Silence and nature give inner silence and harmony.

Going On A Techno-Fast: A Break From The Digital World

Richard Louv | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard Louv

Nature time can bring us back to our senses. But unplugging the power strip doesn't always come naturally, even for those of us who, by nature, love nature. It requires a conscious act and a change of scenery.

Neuroscientist Says Green Consciousness Is in Right Brain

Linda Buzzell | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

For those of us interested in how right-brain connection could alter our species' presently destructive relationship with the rest of nature, it seems critical that many more people experience the holistic, blissful feeling of oneness with all there is in our amazing universe.

Fixed in the Broken Islands

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Stiffelman

We need time in the stillness of nature to become fully engaged with the real world where our senses can be reawakened, pulled out from under the rubble of beeps and alerts and reunited with the elements that are so much of who we are. We need to unplug.

Character and Cognition on Cornfield Creek

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Studies have documented the mind's deep, powerful, evolved attachment to nature, and shown convincingly that even brief exposure to nature can refuel us mentally -- focusing our attention and replenishing the cognitive resources needed for everyday challenges.

10 Benefits Of The Great Outdoors

Richard Louv | Posted 09.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard Louv

Families -- and whole communities -- can become happier, healthier and smarter through more contact with the natural world.

Biophilia: The New Plant-Based Way To Stay Healthy

Maureen K. Calamia | Posted 10.04.2011 | Healthy Living
Maureen K. Calamia

We now spend an average of 90 percent of our time living and working in sealed-off, air-tight, toxic, manmade environments.