The secret to stress reduction: biophilia

Our #mobilebiosphere is bringing us to some exquisite outdoors! Just us three and nature. Despite these uncertain times and sharing close quarters, we’ve found ourselves relaxed and happy. So, I wondered about the scientific benefits of being in nature.

Turns out, we’ve got biophilia.

The term “biophilia” was coined by a guy named Erich Fromm. It means “love of life or living systems.”

There is actually a fair amount of science and research dedicated to this idea. One report confirms that simply viewing Planet Earth for five minutes led participants to report a greater sense that their concerns were insignificant and that they themselves were part of something larger. 

The Finnish Forest Research Institute found that people began to feel psychologically restored after just 15 minutes of sitting outside.

Have you heard of forest bathing?

Have you heard of forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku? This concept developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. To date, researchers have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest.

So let’s get outside.

Away from others, of course – the backyard should do. Sit under a canopy of living forest or in your garden.

Inhale. Listen. De-stress.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson writes in his book, “Nature”, “The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other.“

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