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3 Reasons to Spend Time in Nature

By Mormon.org
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Nature Does a World of Good

It’s no secret. Our responsibilities, challenges, and deadlines—and, let’s face it, sometimes our recreation—can keep us tethered to technology, stuck behind a wheel, or confined indoors for long periods of time. But whatever your “To Do” list includes, it’s important to spend time outside on a regular basis. Take, for example, Clark Wiscombe. He is the father of an active family, but he finds strength and renewal in his connection with the world around him. Watch his story here.

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When we spend time in nature, we are doing ourselves a world of good in three key areas of our lives.

Nature Does a Body Good

Studies tout the benefits of connecting with nature for physical wellness. Time outside can impact cardiovascular and respiratory health. It can also strengthen immune systems and combat diabetes. Spending time in nature encourages physical activity and counters a sedentary lifestyle. Health insurance companies are taking note of the benefits of access to green spaces, and one article noted that hospital patients even recover faster when viewing nature through windows.

Nature Does a Mind Good

Nature is not only good for our bodies though. Our minds get a great boost from a trip to the great outdoors. According to the National Recreation and Park Association, “Greater access to green views and green environments yields better cognitive functioning; more proactive, more effective patterns of life functioning; more self-discipline and more impulse control; greater mental health overall; and greater resilience in response to stressful life events.” So in addition to gaining stronger, healthier physical bodies, we stretch our mental muscles when we spend time in nature.

Nature Does a Spirit Good

God, the Creator of heaven and earth, recognized the goodness of His creation. In Genesis 1:31 it states, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” God’s handiwork truly testifies of Him. In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Alma taught, “All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it” (Alma 30:44). And God told Moses that all the things on the earth “bear record of [Him]” (Moses 6:63). When we connect with nature, our spirit connects with God.

The Bottom Line

Spending time in nature does great things for our bodies, minds, and spirits. It doesn’t matter if you hike up a mountain, snowshoe in the backcountry, stroll along a sandy beach, run barefoot through the park, get your hands dirty in the garden, or just simply sit and appreciate a beautiful sunset on your front lawn—spend some time in nature. With all the good the natural world has to offer, you will be glad you did.

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