How do you connect with nature? Does it matter? Actually it does. According to Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, paying attention to the natural world not only makes you feel better, it makes you behave better.
It is interesting to note that while the salubrious effects of nature are well documented, from increasing happiness and physical health to lowering stress, this study shows that the benefits extend to a person’s values and actions. Exposure to natural as opposed to man-made environments leads people to value community and close relationships.
For those living green, the message is meaningful. Lead author Netta Weinstein says the take home message from the research is clear: “We are influenced by our environment in ways that we are not aware of,” she says. Because of the hidden benefits of connecting with nature, people should take advantage of opportunities to get away from built environments and, when inside, they should surround themselves with plants, natural objects, and images of the natural world. “The more you appreciate nature, the more you can benefit,” she says.
Hence the question: How do you connect with nature? What do you appreciate about it? Eco awareness is an attitude; while it’s easiest to appreciate our natural environment in scenic settings, even city dwellers can appreciate the natural world. Perhaps it’s the cardinal that chirps outside your window or the wind that caresses your face as you bike commute. Or, maybe it’s the budding leaves on the trees as spring approaches.
Connect with nature, invite eco awareness http://blog.taigacompany.com/blog/taiga-company/0/0/nature-the-natural-mood-enhancer to your thoughts and enjoy feeling better and connecting with all that is.
Julie Urlaub: Founder and Managing Partner of Taiga Company, Julie began her career campaigning for clean air legislation with Citizen Action in Washington, D.C. Expanding into Energy Management Services and later, a small business owner in the Oil and Gas Industry, Julie leverages over 15 years of Consulting and Business Development experience in the Energy, Medical, and Information Technology industries.
Today, as a sustainability consultant, Julie speaks, writes, and advises clients on a variety of issues related to the intersection between environmental stewardship, sustainable business practices, and sustainable living.