03 Jun '12, 4pm

Combat loneliness AND nip "nature deficit" in the butt! #queenofgreen

Combat loneliness AND nip "nature deficit" in the butt! #queenofgreen

Did you take your nature pill? May 27, 2012 | Leave a comment Nip “nature deficit” in the butt like Lauren Smith! Get outside for 30 minutes for 30 days. (Credit: Melanie Smith) Pop quiz: What's your preferred view—the ocean, a forest, a pond, or trickling creek? Twenty years of research reveals that people prefer familiar landscapes. First choice is where they grew up. Second is savannah, where we all evolved. Think back to the forests, fields, or streams you loved as a child. (My childhood nature retreat has succumbed to urban sprawl—a 7-eleven and giant, single-family homes with an SUV per person in each driveway.) You might not realize that time outdoors (even a view of nature) can: reduce obesity, stress, and the incidence of clinical depression decrease blood sugars improve impulse control and boost immune functions improve cognitive function, self-discipline, and re...

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