As I dig deeper into the subject of how nature benefits human performance and well being, I am constantly amazed at how much evidence is available. I feel like I'll never be able to learn even a fraction of what we know—and that doesn't even account for all the things we do not yet know. This post … Continue reading How Natural Light Helps You Sleep Better
I am excited that the most recent episode of The Big Bang Theory (s. 9, ep. 20) highlighted some science about the health benefits of spending time in nature. It starts off with Sheldon wearing a virtual reality headset to spend time in a fabricated nature in order to get the brain-boosting benefits and hesitant to go … Continue reading Experience Real, Not Virtual, Nature
What's your connection like with the natural world? It can be hard to find time to get outside, even though spending time in nature has enormous benefits. The Univeristy of Minnesota website has an online assessment to help you evaluate your connection to nature so that you can identify areas where you are doing well and … Continue reading Are you spending enough time in nature?
When somebody asks you, "How are you doing?" which of these answers are you most likely to give? a) fine b) good c) busy d) crazy busy! If your answer included some form of busy, you are not alone. Here in the US, we pride ourselves on our productivity. It's good to be busy. We've developed … Continue reading Stressed out? Nature can fix that!
What might your office or apartment have in common with a NASA spaceship? Unfortunately the answer may be poor air quality. Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health: Stagnant indoor environments allow pollutants to build up and stick around in greater amounts than we humans should be … Continue reading 9 Air-Cleaning Houseplants That Are Almost Impossible to Kill
Colder weather can make it hard to get outside and enjoy being there for any length of time. Fall poses a triple threat: the days get shorter and darker, the weather can be finicky and unpleasant, and there always seem to be a lot of holiday distractions (hello Halloween candy!!). Winter is just plain... winter. Dressing the … Continue reading Brr! How to Layer Up and Brave the Cold
Now that it's summer, it's almost impossible for me to get myself to go into the gym. Of course the gym has it's place (to lift heavy things! to avoid scorching hot weather!), but I think it's way better to be outside than in. Here are five reasons to exercise outdoors and how to make it … Continue reading 4 Reasons to Exercise Outside
I'm extremely busy with my garden; it's such a joy to me, and on fine days like those we've had recently I am in raptures at the wonders of nature. (Claude Monet) As I predicted last December, I planted tomatoes yesterday. Actually, I spent pretty much all day yesterday getting my vegetable garden ready for … Continue reading Why you Need a Garden