We all intrinsically think that nature must be good for our health and happiness. Recent analysis found people with a stronger connection to nature experienced more life satisfaction, positive affect and vitality at levels associated with established predictors of satisfaction, such as personal income.
Last year The Wildlife Trusts ran a ‘30 Days Wild’ campaign which challenged people in the UK to ‘do something wild’ every day for one month. The study into the results was conducted by the University of Derby and consisted of more than 18,500 people who committed more than 300,00 random acts of ‘wildness’. They found that there was a significant increase in the participant’s health, happiness and connection to nature not just during the study, but for several months after the challenge had been completed. The number of people reporting that their health was ‘excellent’ increased by 30% after the study. It adds to the idea that we all need to experience nature for our own health and wellbeing.
The random acts of ‘wildness’ needn’t be strenuous or time consuming. They can be as simple as doing some gardening, walking your dog or feeding the birds. So get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer.
Here are some great places to visit this Spring/Summer to get your nature fix:
- Alnwick Garden, Northumberland
Water cascades, jolly fountains, roses, Poison Garden, Bamboo Labyrinth and the largest treehouse in the world – something for everyone in the family.
- Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London
There are over 100 world-class attractions to enjoy at Kew Gardens, from iconic buildings and glasshouses to inspirational gardens and landscapes. Discover 250 years of history at the world’s most famous Gardens.
- The Eden Project, Cornwall
Giant living exhibition that aims to encourage an understanding of plants and their biodiversity through imaginative displays.
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