Is it a vacation if I wake up at 4:15am and wait until the sky is light enough to bike down to the beach? Racing to see sunrise? Every morning brings a new adventure. . . a crab, a shark in the shallows, a corn snake slithering across the trail. Is it because it makes me “happy” or does it make me feel alive? Is it because my thoughts are filled with the same problems — but nature throws me new things at every moment? I love to study nature. To look longer and see more. Time to look, time to see, time to be. When my daughter was 3 she woke up at around 4am and when I asked her why so early she said, “sleeping is boring”.
I googled “nature and happiness”
Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. It may even reduce mortality, according to scientists such as public health researchers Stamatakis and Mitchell.
Research done in hospitals, offices, and schools has found that even a simple plant in a room can have a significant impact on stress and anxiety.”
— U of Minnesota
What will i see today?