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Resolution: Be Smarter (Outside)

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Nature helps us Focus

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It’s a New Year and time for resolutions. For the past few days we’ve been talking about how time spent in nature can make us healthier…happier…and smarter. Outreach and Education director Nancy Herron says when we say “smarter”, we don’t necessarily mean increasing one’s IQ.

54—Being outdoors helps you with focus, and concentration – it clears your mind in a little different way. So when you come back inside, you’re actually more ready to work. And they have neuroscientists who talk about the importance of before an important meeting … a job interview …something you anticipate is going to be stressful: take a walk around the block. Get outside. It clears your mind a little bit. I don’t think you can find a more fertile ground for creativity than nature and outdoors. So, if you want to spark wonder – and that’s the key to learning – that’s getting outside in nature. Put these things on your calendar. Make a commitment to that in those resolutions sop, once a day you’re getting outside to be a little healthier. Once a week you’re going to do something that will help reduce that stress. And once a month get out there – put it on the calendar – you can do this. And they’re fun. They’re really fun resolutions to have.

Thanks, Nancy. Remember: Life’s Better outside.

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