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The Nature-Health Connection

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. 
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. 
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.     John Muir

Research evidence linking Nature and human health continues to grow every day. Our experience at EarthWonders reinforces the positive and powerful impact connecting with nature can produce.   Our Ecology of Caring Integrated Approachand our Nine Principles of Ecology of Caring that provide the foundation for this systems-based approach are influenced by this documented research.  Here’s just a brief synopsis of what we’ve found about nature’s role in our health by reviewing the research.  Nature has a potential role in:

  • Reducing stress
  • Increasing our ability to recover from stress
  • Reducing mental fatigue
  • Improving memory and concentration
  • Improving problem-solving ability
  • Improving coping skills
  • Reducing anger and anxiety
  • Enhancing feelings of pleasure
  • Reducing need for pain medication
  • Reducing illnesses
  • Improving recovery time from surgery
  • Improving healing
  • Increasing self discipline
  • Increasing self-esteem
  • Connecting to our cultural roots
  • Fine tuning our senses
  • Inspiring physical activity
  • Improving relationships
  • Maintaining social connections
  • Providing opportunities to feel a deeper sense of meaning & purpose
  • Connecting generations
  • Reducing depression
  • Increasing sense of well-being
  • Improving sleep habits

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