- Your house smells. No, seriously, open a window. I’ll wait. ……. See? (Or is that just my house?)
- Stress relief. Countless studies have identified the stress-reducing effects of nature (Kaplan and Kaplan, 1995).
- You can open your door now that it isn’t buried in 3 feet of snow.
- Vitamin D.
- No TV or computers. (Hey! Put that smart phone back in your pocket!)
- Soil bacteria exposure may make you smarter. Yup. This gives a whole new meaning to having a “Dirty Mind.”
- You don’t need to scrape off your car (unless you park under a really big flock of birds).
- Your productivity will increase. This blogger provides some compelling evidence.
- Watching the natural world come back to life after a long winter is the best reward for living in a cold climate.
- Chances are, you and your children are not getting enough exercise. The obesity epidemic is well-documented and frightening in proportion (Shields, 2008).
- Nature can help with attention problems, including Attention Deficit Disorder (Faber Taylor and Kuo, 2001).
- Your garden needs you. Isn’t it time you got out there to see what survived?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- You don’t need Yaktrax anymore just to collect the mail.
- Connecting with nature is life-affirming and healing. See what this blogger said. She’s got a great point! (OK, yeah, that was me.)
- You will sleep better and have more energy.
- 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!)
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.