nature as therapy

·       “Here are some of the essential take-homes: we all need nearby nature: we benefit cognitively and psychologically from having trees, bodies of water, and green spaces just to look at; we should be smarter about landscaping our schools, hospitals, workplaces and neighborhoods so everyone gains. We need quick incursions to natural areas that engage our senses. Everyone needs access to clean, quiet and safe natural refuges in a city. Short exposures to nature can make us less aggressive, more creative, more civic minded and healthier overall.” Williams, Florence (2017).The Nature Fix: Why nature makes us happier, healthier and more creative. New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Company.

“…because we evolved in nature, we have a biological need to connect with it. We love nature because we learned to love the things that helped us survive. We feel comfortable in nature because that is where we have lived for most of life on earth. We are genetically determined to love the natural world. It is in our DNA. Li, Dr. Quing (2018), Forest Bathing: How trees can help you find health and happiness. New York, NY: Penguin