Connecting with Nature in a City

Why is connecting with nature when living in a city important?

Nature is all around us, yet many people forget to or don’t know how to connect with nature. Being in nature has been shown to enhance health and overall wellbeing partly by decreasing health issues often associated with a sedentary lifestyle (Fuller, Bush, Lin, & Gaston, 2015). Spending more time in nature is related to lower rates of diabetes and obesity as well as anxiety and depression. According to the World Health Organization, around 70% of the world’s human population will be living in cities within the next 30 years (2013). Living in an urban environment could reduce access to nature, and residents may not receive the benefits of nature unless they make nature a part of their daily lives (Fuller, Bush, Lin, & Gaston, 2015). With so many of us living in cities, it’s important to find ways to connect with nature so we can reap the benefits nature has to offer us. 

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Why Gardening May Give You a Healthier, Longer Life

Do you garden? If not, you might want to consider starting!

People have been caring for and harvesting plants since the dawn of time, but as society continues to move into an urban-based lifestyle, fewer people are gardening for themselves. However, while we may no longer need to grow our own food anymore, learning to garden is still a great idea because it can fulfill more than just our physical needs! Whether it be a garden of vegetables, flowers, herbs, or a combination of the three, growing our own plants has been shown to yield psychological benefits that have lasting effects.

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