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.
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.
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.
Article: Green is Good for You
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