The Happy Science of Being Outdoors

At some point it seems we forgot what the artists, poets, and philosophers have known for centuries—that being outdoors in nature is good for the brain.

As more scientific studies are being done, the evidence is clear: that being in nature has a profound impact on our brains. It elevates our mood, helps relieve stress and anxiety, it increases our creativity, our attention span, and improves our relationships.

University of Utah researcher David Strayer, said “People have been discussing their profound experiences in nature for the last several 100 years—from Thoreau to John Muir to many other writers. […] Now we are seeing changes in the brain and changes in the body that suggest we are physically and mentally more healthy when we are interacting with nature.”

In an age where we spend more time indoors, connected to devices and technology, these studies highlight the importance of preserving our outdoor spaces, both man-made and natural. City parks are equally important as national parks, providing access to all.

This season, we hope that you will find opportunities to engage with nature, whether that’s a small indoor garden or your first vegetable patch. In those moments, we’re confident you’ll discover some small patches of happiness.