Why Spending Time Outdoors Makes You Feel Better

Why Spending Time Outdoors Makes You Feel Better

A feeling of lightness

Have you ever noticed how spending time outdoors makes you feel better? You know that feeling after having a nice walk, visiting a park or sitting outside on a nice day? Where you just feel lighter and more relaxed?

There’s a reason for that!

Scientists have found that being outdoors has numerous positive benefits like improved overall well-being, cognitive ability and feeling better physically (check out other reasons here). Keep reading to learn about some of these key findings and to get excited about how your next trip outdoors will make you feel better!

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Positive effects on your brain 

One study shows that exposure to bright sunlight results in your brain creating more serotonin, the neurochemical that makes you feel good. Another study shows that people who walk in nature for 90 minutes have less activity in the area of their brain associated with negative thoughts and mental illness.

The bottom line: spending time outdoors makes you feel better!

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About The Author


Hi there! I'm Peenz, lover of all things outdoors. Growing up in a remote part of Southeast Alaska definitely contributed to my enthusiasm for nature. Being outside, looking at mountains and plants just feels right. Like where I belong. I now live in Phoenix, AZ and LOVE it. So much nature, mountains, and sunshine. Expect a lot of posts about how amazing Arizona is :). The goal of this blog is to get you as excited about nature as I am. Hope it motivates you to get outside more. Enjoy!

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