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One Easy, Natural Productivity Boost

Looking at nature is good for you. Good for mental and physical restoration. Better memory. Better health. More satisfaction in life.

It’s good for productivity, too.

07-12 Veiny Leaves

Photo © Jeanne Farrington

What’s amazing is that any of the following can reduce stress, improve mood, and increase productivity:

  • A walk in a nature preserve
  • A view of nature from an office window
  • A little grass with even one tree
  • Nature photos

Especially note: Even a glance at a picture from nature can make life and productivity better. 

How easy is this? A window, a photo, a screen saver.

Here’s the start of a poem we read in high school. It stuck with me, because I loved the idea that nature holds so much for us, no matter our mood.

Thanatopsis

To him who in the love of Nature holds
Communion with her visible forms, she speaks
A various language; for his gayer hours
She has a voice of gladness, and a smile
And eloquence of beauty, and she glides
Into his darker musings, with a mild
And healing sympathy, that steals away
Their sharpness, ere he is aware.

William Cullen Bryant

We may not always notice, but nature has a restorative effect, especially after we’ve been working: directing our attention to the point where we feel fatigued, distracted, and even irritable. Pick a moment, take in a nature scene, feel restored, and do better work.

Resources

Article: Green is Good for You

Post: Memory Improved 20% by Nature Walk

Poem: Thanatopsis

Nature Photos via Email: The Daily Ray of Hope

 

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  • JT O’Neill

    I strongly agree with this idea. Noticing the leaves on the trees, the flowers along the way, the clouds in the sky, the hills in the distance – amazingly restorative. I walk around on a school campus all day and the first thing I want to focus on when I walk out the office door is what is happening in the trees and flowers – I love being aware of the changes in nature. Constant reminder: everything changes. Thanks for a useful post.

  • ajeanne

    Hi JT, I’m looking out the window this morning & enjoying the trees. Dappled sunshine & little movements in the breeze. I am imagining you walking out the door & immediately noticing whatever nature is in sight. You’re so welcome for this post. I love it when something we’re likely to love anyway is also good for us.

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