I think I can call myself a little bit of a ‘city girl’, but there is no such thing as nature. I just love to be outdoors and be surrounded by trees, grass, greenery and flowers. I hear from many people that nature calms them down, but is it really true? Does nature make us happy?
I never looked it up, but Wikipedia describes the term nature as follows: Nature, in the broadest sense, is the natural, physical, or material world or universe. “Nature” can refer to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. The study of nature is a large part of science. Although humans are part of nature, human activity is often understood as a separate category from other natural phenomena.
The word nature is derived from the Latin word natura, or “essential qualities, innate disposition”, and in ancient times, literally meant “birth”. Natura is a Latin translation of the Greek word physis (φύσις), which originally related to the intrinsic characteristics that plants, animals, and other features of the world develop of their own accord. (2017)
Nothing goes beyond natural beauty. The colors, the smell, the quietness, the view, the ocean, the feeling; nature is something that we as human beings all need. At least, that’s what I think. I actually know somebody who doesn’t care about nature at all. I was shocked when I heard this. How can you not care? How can you not enjoy being in the nature? How can you not enjoy the fresh air and the birds singing? She said that she didn’t ‘grew up’ like that. Well, that’s a point of view that I find really interesting.
When I look at myself, I love to be surrounded by nature. Yes, I love the city, but as soon as I walk through a forrest or take a stroll on the beach, I feel so much more calmed down. Maybe even happier. When I go on vacation and I see different types of nature than I’m used to, I feel such joy somehow. Sometimes when I’m a little down, I go for a run. And then it happens that sometimes I see a deer in the forrest and then it happens that I immediatly feel so much better. Seeing an animal in the wild, in the nature just gives me a joyful feeling. And if I’m at home, I like to have many plants around me. Somehow, the greenery calms me down.
The BBC (2016) posted an interesting article about how nature is good for our health and happiness:
”A recent analysis of a large-scale nature challenge scientifically shows how important feeling part of nature is to our physical and mental health. A recent evaluation of the UK’s first month-long nature challenge, which took place last year and involved people “doing something wild” every day for 30 consecutive days, shows scientifically and statistically how significant it really is. The study showed that there was a scientifically significant increase in people’s health, happiness, connection to nature and active nature behaviours, such as feeding the birds and planting flowers for bees – not just throughout the challenge, but sustained for months after the challenge had been completed. The number of people reporting their health as “excellent” increased by 30% and this improvement in health being predicted by the increase in happiness, this relationship is mediated by the change in connection to nature. It adds to a growing body of evidence that shows definitively that we need nature for our health and wellbeing.”
Well, if it’s scientifically proven, it must be true right? So if you have some time off, go for a walk outside and just enjoy the beauty that’s called nature.
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