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How Nature Makes Us Happier and Healthier

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Nature has the power to lower stress and depression and can improve productivity at work. Taking a stroll in the garden or forest is a powerful tool for focusing the mind and revitalizing the body. Humans instinctively want to explore and discover the great outdoors. Many seek nature as an effective source of both pleasure and well-being.

 

These are 3 tips on how nature can help you become happier and healthier:

  1. Looking for inspiration to get fit? Run as fast as you can in the opposite direction of your treadmill – go for a run outside! Nature provides the perfect opportunity for you to challenge yourself while enjoying the scenery of an ever-changing backdrop. While your mind is focused on the events of the environment, your body will go into auto mode and forget about fatigue.  Exercise decreases stress and increases endorphins leading to a happy and healthy lifestyle.
  2. Interested in improving productivity and inspiring creativity? Try escaping the confines of your house or office and work on your assignments in an outdoor space. The mind functions better when it has room to breathe. Working outside will decrease the intensity of a high-pressure situation and encourage the liberation of ideas. Nature can be a direct source of creative thinking by stimulating the mind in novel ways. Completion of work makes more time to do things in life that make you happy. Humans are social beings. Nature cultivates conversation. Walk with a friend through a park, along a beach, up a river, or anywhere!
  3. Activity of the body supports activity of the mind and will help in more fruitful, positive interaction. A trip through nature becomes a shared experience and thus stimulates conversation and encourages better communication. Exercising outdoors with your friends and family is a great opportunity to have fun and build stronger relationships, while simultaneously improving your health and well-being, as exercising outside also enables you to top up on your supply of sunshine and vitamin D.  Studies show that vitamin D has a positive impact on your health and wellbeing, so it’s time to get outside and soak it up by swimming, surfing, hiking, climbing a waterfall, and more!

Hotel Mockingbird Hill

Heading to Jamaica? Come explore the great outdoors in beautiful Port Antonio, and you’ll fall in love with nature – we’ll show you! Bonus! Stay with us before December 15, 2014, and you can take advantage of our Getaway Special! Stay 4 nights and get the 5th free. Also enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast each day during your stay, and relax on a free boat ride from the Blue Lagoon to Winnifred Beach. Email reservations@hotelmockingbirdhill.com for more information!

 

 

 

 

 

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