Nature Hobbies

On the benefits of spending time in nature, and hobbies that can encourage us to do so.

The benefits of nature don’t need promotion or proof, but just in case:

A two-hour “dose” of nature a week significantly boosts health and wellbeing, research suggests, even if you simply sit and enjoy the peace.

Two-hour ‘dose’ of nature significantly boosts health – study | Environment | The Guardian

Photo Of Stream During Daytime

Over 100 studies have shown that being in nature, living near nature, or even viewing nature in paintings and videos can have positive impacts on our brains, bodies, feelings, thought processes, and social interactions.

What Happens When We Reconnect With Nature | The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley

Green Trees Near Body of Water

A growing body of research points to the beneficial effects that exposure to the natural world has on health, reducing stress and promoting healing.

Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health – Yale E360

Why is nature so beneficial? Maybe for the same reason that their benefits don’t need advocating: the love of nature might be encoded in us. In his book Biophilia, Edward O. Wilson suggested that:

[…] we humans have an affinity for the natural world that has evolved over millennia and is part of our genes, just like our tendency to be territorial or to protect our young.

Biophilia – an overview | ScienceDirect Topics

Dolphins swimming underwater

The fact that nature is good for us is common knowledge, but still, many of us don’t implement it in our daily lives. Hobbies can help us incorporate nature visits into our routine.

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