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Spending Time Outdoors Improves Overall Well-being

By Erin Kennedy HERWriter
 
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Scientific American reported, in 2009, University of Rochester researchers found that “exposure to nature can affect our priorities and alter what we think is important in life.” Appreciating the air, trees, grass and wildlife of the outdoors affects one’s perception of life. The study also showed that exposure to nature makes humans less selfish and more concerned about their relationships and bonds with others.

8) Enhanced vision: Spending multiple hours in front of an electronic screen can lead to issues like eye strain and blurred vision. Being outdoors, however, improves eyesight. Children who spend more time outside may have a lesser need for glasses, as well as clearer vision. “Outdoor exposure also may be beneficial because sunlight causes the pupil to constrict, resulting in a larger depth of focus –the range in which objects appear clear—and less image blur,” Jane Gwiazda, director of research at The New England College of Optometry, said.

References:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/outdoors/2012594800_weboutside13.html

http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Be-Out-There/Why-Be-Out-There/Benefits.aspx

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=moral-call-of-the-wild

http://www.conservationpsychology.org/

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/health-science/benefits-of-outdoor-exer...

http://www.athleta.net/chi/2011/02/23/reduce-stress-in-the-great-outdoors/

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/story?id=6773588&page=1

Edited by Shannon Koehle

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willalee

Summer is so beautiful,but then again so is fall for those that do not care for winter and winter is not the greatest weather.Nature to me is gods' gift to me and I am thankful that it is part of world and I know it has so many health benefits, for the elderly is so nice that I see them sitting outside enjoying the day and for people who need to get out for a good walk reliefs alot os stress , so many things to enjoy,just even meeting people when getting out.I have a creek nearby I usually head down there and on my way home I feel so relaxed and it only took 45min,better then any medication. Great Article Erin Kennedy.

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