A January 2020 analysis by the Outdoor Industry Association warns that America may become an indoor nation. Only 50% of Americans engaged in outdoor recreation in 2019. Yet, study after peer-reviewed study demonstrates the significant physical and mental health benefits of time in the outdoors.
We need to experience nature and step away from our computers. Humans are hard-wired to connect with nature. Time outside makes us more compassionate, more relaxed, and happier. This quote by Anne Lamott is a powerful reminder of why we all need to go outside and play.
When you're outside and look up, you'll see the wonder all around. True, this photo is from Yellowstone National Park. But no matter where you live, you can experience the joy and wonder of nature. Take a few minutes to take care of yourself and bear witness to the beauty that surrounds us.