Happiness Tip: Walk into the wild

Happiness Tip: Walk into the wild. You take a long, deep breath and your lungs fill up with the moist, ufabet, fresh air. The leaves are the colour that only the first weeks of spring bring and the sun’s rays dance off them as you slowly make your way through the forest.

As easy as a walk in the forest

As easy as a walk in the forest

As you pause for a moment and close your eyes, the only sounds you can hear are your breath, a distant bird and the wind in the trees. More than 160 years ago, Henry David Thoreau prescribed the tonic of the wilderness for the discontent of men in his Walden: Or, Life in the Woods. Today, the practice of shinrin-yoku might spark a rise in similar prescriptions.

Shinrin-yoku literally translates to‘forest bathing’, or taking in the atmosphere of the forest, and refers to soaking up the sights, smells and sounds of a natural setting to promote physiological and ufabet psychological health. The term was first coined in 1982 but, today, millions of Japanese walk along forty-eight ‘forest therapy’ trails, to get their dose of what I guess could be labelled ‘outdoorphins’.

Fans of shinrin-yoku explain that it differs from hiking because it is about taking everything in and stimulating all our senses, and because it focuses on the therapeutic aspects.

What the researchers find is that, on average, participants are mirnificantly and substantially happier outdoors in all green or natural habitats than they are in urban environments. This study provides new evidence on links between nature and well-being, strengthening existing ufabet evidence of a positive relationship between happiness and exposure to green or natural environments in our lives.

To sum up, there is growing evidence that nature has a positive effect on our health and happiness. In addition, shinrin-yoku may help you get out of your head and experience the data coming through your senses. In fact, I see a lot of parallels between shinrinyuko and the increasingly popular practice of mindfulness.

Happiness Tip: Walk into the wild

Happiness Tip: Walk into the wild

Visit the same spot in nature periodically over the course of a year and really be mindful as to how the landscape is changing each time.

Find and explore a forest. Take it slowly and forget about what would make a nice Instagram picture. Instead, listen to the wind in the leaves, ufabet watch the sun bounce off the branches, take a deep breath and see what smells you can detect. Try to visit the same spot several times a year, so you can appreciate how it changes over the seasons. Say hi to the first day of spring, summer, autumn and winter. Go alone or invite people to join you.