20 Reasons to Drop Everything And Go Outside… Preferably somewhere green… And take your children.

  1. Your house smells. No, seriously, open a window. I’ll wait. ……. See? (Or is that just my house?)Image
  2. Stress relief. Countless studies have identified the stress-reducing effects of nature (Kaplan and Kaplan, 1995).
  3. You can open your door now that it isn’t buried in 3 feet of snow.
  4. Vitamin D.
  5. No TV or computers. (Hey! Put that smart phone back in your pocket!)
  6. Soil bacteria exposure may make you smarter. Yup. This gives a whole new meaning to having a “Dirty Mind.”
  7. You don’t need to scrape off your car (unless you park under a really big flock of birds).
  8. Your productivity will increase. This blogger provides some compelling evidence.
  9. Watching the natural world come back to life after a long winter is the best reward for living in a cold climate.Image
  10. Chances are, you and your children are not getting enough exercise. The obesity epidemic is well-documented and frightening in proportion (Shields, 2008).Image
  11. Nature can help with attention problems, including Attention Deficit Disorder (Faber Taylor and Kuo, 2001).
  12. Your garden needs you. Isn’t it time you got out there to see what survived?
  13. Build community. Our neighbourhood seems to have finally come out of hibernation. There’s a whole world of people out there waiting to be invited for a beer on your deck.
  14. The spring peepers are also coming out. They make a seriously uncanny sound. If you haven’t heard them before, you’ll have a hard time believing the noise is coming from frogs…. frogs that are no bigger than your fingernail. Look and listen here.
  15. You will be able to prepare your children to leave the house in under an hour. Goodbye hats, mitts, scarves, boots, sweaters, snow pants and bulky coats.Image
  16. Birds.
  17. You don’t need Yaktrax anymore just to collect the mail.
  18. Connecting with nature is life-affirming and healing. See what this blogger said. She’s got a great point! (OK, yeah, that was me.)
  19. You will sleep better and have more energy.
  20. No more toque hair! 

So….why are you still here? Spring has finally arrived!! Stop reading blogs! Drop Everything And Go Outside!! (But feel free to leave a comment first!)

Sources:
Faber Taylor, A., F. E. Kuo, et al. (2001). “Coping with ADD: The surprising connection to green play settings.” Environment and Behavior 33(1): 54-77.
Kaplan, R. and S. Kaplan (1995). The Experience of Nature: A Psychological Perspective. Ann Arbor, MI, Ulrich’s.

Shields, M. (2008). Measured obesity: Overweight Canadian children and adolescents. Ottawa, ON, Statistics Canada.

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