Nature is essential to my happiness and wellbeing. Sunshine, water, fresh alpine air, forests, wide open mountain tops, and the views, sounds, smells and sensations in the outdoors are my therapy. If I don’t get outside enough, I can feel it. And then as soon as I do, I also feel it. I often wonder why nature has this effect on me, and many others. I think it has something to do with the fact that we are nature, we come from nature. But we’ve gone to great lengths to separate ourselves from it by building houses, cities, technology, and other comforts. When we go into nature it’s like a remembering. It’s like we’ve returned home, to where we belong.
A recent study found that spending two hours in nature a week makes you happier and healthier. I know these happiness studies are pretty unreliable, but I know that spending time in nature is fundamental to my overall health. I really needed this trip to the Harz National Park and it completely reset my state of mind at the time.
If you’re feeling a bit out of sorts, I can’t recommend getting into nature enough. Even a walk at your local park. Find a few trees, get some sun, dip your toes in the ocean. Look to nature... it can lighten your day.
Have you explored Germany during Christmas Market? We (@travelkindly & @kind_creative) are exploring Germany for the next few days (after pitching Kind Traveler at the @LufthansaInnovationHub’s #ChangemakerChallenge !) and are excited to share along. Pictured here is Rothenburg, a town along the Romantic Road winding down towards the Bavarian Alps. Rothenburg has 1000 years of preserved history and conveys the feeling of a Disney movie set however it’s real. Christmas Market brings out the best with the smells of mulled wine, cinnamon, and fresh pine brewing through the cobblestone streets while local craft-makers share their holiday goods. ❤️ 🇩🇪