Archive for January 1st, 2013

Resolution: Be Happier (Outside)

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Hiking makes you happy.

This is Passport to Texas

Happy New Year! We hope it’s going to be the best yet. Nancy Herron, director of Outreach and Education at Parks and Wildlife says resolving to be happier is as easy as spending more time outdoors.

28—Allowing yourself a little playtime outside does so many great things for you. If you put it on your calendar that once a week I’m going to do something fun for myself and it might be laying out in the grass and looking up and listening to birds, or maybe it’s riding a bike again, or trying another kind of fishing or something like that. You just feel better about yourself; you actually do feel more confident when you’ve been able to be out.

Nancy is outdoors regularly as you might imagine; she told me about coming across a sprawling live oak tree while on a walk in the woods with her granddaughter.

16— It was the best climbing tree ever. And my little monkey granddaughter just ran right up…and yes…I couldn’t resist, and I climbed up, too. It was so much fun. I felt pretty good about myself – I could actually do it at my age.

Tomorrow, Nancy Herron tells us how spending time outdoors can make us smarter.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program supports our series… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.