Commune with Nature for True Happiness
Not many of us can hold back a smile when watching two dogs frolicking in the park – or walking through colorful leaves on a crisp autumn day. Studies find that communing with nature can release powerful chemicals which can make you feel happy and give you energy.
Even if you can’t take a walk in the park, there are other ways to commune with nature inside your home or office. Look out the window for a while and observe the birds and other beautiful things of nature. Take some deep breaths and relax while focusing on the moment you’re in.
Nature can relax all the senses and have a profound effect on your mental and physical well-being. If you’re under a lot of stress, observing and being surrounded by nature can relax you and boost your spirits almost immediately.
Even bringing flowers and plants indoors can cheer you up if you can’t make an outdoor trek. The simple beauty of nature has the effect of lowering blood pressure and bringing more healing oxygen to the body. Taking breaks to commune with nature has been proven to boost your self-esteem and general well-being. If you can garden or ride a bicycle through the park or engage in any type of activity outdoors, you’ll be doing yourself a favor that nothing else can match.
The love of nature has such a positive impact on your mind and body that its part of the links that must come together in your life for you to achieve true happiness.
Your behavior can also be improved with a short or long commune with nature. Studies indicate that the senses which contribute to your happiness and well-being can also be emotional boosts that can improve your friendliness toward others and help you release anger and frustration.
Many herbs such as lavender, eucalyptus, and other aromatic plants can be taken indoors so you can enjoy the euphoric feelings that come with the heady and healing scents of nature.
Next time you venture outdoors, take a minute to observe your surroundings. Focus on the things that make you happy and be especially cognizant of how the air you breathe and the things you observe affect your mood. Even five minutes outdoors can make you happier and more relaxed. You may find that you’re more productive after communing with nature than you would have been after hours of working at your desk.