*Research shows that spending more time in nature can improve your health, happiness and lead to better environmental decisions.
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"People who are exposed to natural scenes aren't just happier or more comfortable; the very building blocks of their physiological well-being also respond positively."
"These results are surprising because the effects are so large -- much larger than the effects of many other targeted treatment interventions."
-Adam Alter, The Atlantic
"If nature exposure works to change our behavior and make us more cooperative, there could be considerable implications for environmental campaigns. Thus, the authors suggest that climate change advocates might consider using nature-focused messages, rather than economic or national security framings, to advance their cause."
-Chris Mooney, The Washington Post
"But the reality that going to a park, at least for now, means encountering mostly white people is its own potential barrier. Research by the Park Service says some members of minority groups have said they fear they would feel unwelcome."
-Kirk Johnson, The New York Times
An important note about diversity from Nature Rx: when we filmed these commercials we tried to have our non-white friends join us for filming to make sure we showed a diversity of people enjoying nature. We even reached out to local actors and acting departments at New Hampshire Universities. Despite our best efforts, the short prep time for filming and the challenge of getting folks to New Hampshire on short notice regrettably left us with an all white cast. For future projects we seek to address this issue, as we believe that everyone benefits from a relationship to nature. We believe engagement on various fronts is vital to reach more and more people, which is part of our #NatureRx mission.
"These results suggest that accessible natural areas may be vital for mental health in our rapidly urbanizing world,"
"This finding is exciting because it demonstrates the impact of nature experience on an aspect of emotion regulation – something that may help explain how nature makes us feel better..."
A new study by OLPRO has found couples who camp together have a healthier sex life."Getting out in the great outdoors allows us to leave many of life’s distractions and worries behind. It gives us the opportunity to reconnect with our partners and recharge our relationships in a very meaningful way."
-Barbara Bishop, psychologist
"A nice walk through a city park can do wonders for a work-weary brain, reducing mental fatigue and improving attention. But if you're trapped on the high floors of an office tower all day, you can't exactly break for a long stroll and a picnic. Well, fear not. If you have a view of a nearby green space, like say a green roof, and even just a minute to spare, you can reap some of the same refreshing benefits of urban nature."
-Eric Jaffe, The Atlantic
'"Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors,' concluded one authoritative study published by the American Medical Association in 2005.'"
-Jon Henley, The Guardian
"Camping with the family is supposed to be relaxing, but it can feel stressful if you don’t know how to pack, set up, and organize your campsite efficiently. After all, no one wants to spend all their time unpacking gear, looking for things, and hauling stuff around their campsite! Read on to learn how to efficiently pack and set up all your gear!"
-Amy Whitley, blogger
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