Does time spent outdoors make people happier? The answer, science is learning, is yes.
For thousands of years, people have been creating art that glorifies the importance of nature to a life well-lived. However, until recently, many effects of nature on happiness were hard to prove.
Groundbreaking new research has reached conclusions that validate some long-held traditional ideas about the power of nature to help people live fuller, ...
Nature holds inside of it tremendous healing power.
Every moment of each day, the cycles and systems of nature are constantly self-renewing. Nature arises in full beauty and power even after the harshest winter. Likewise, each person has the ability to rise up after life’s setbacks.
We are all part of nature, but it’s easy to forget just how much potential nature has to help us heal and move forward from difficulty. Merely...
About 15 million people every year suffer from depression in the United States. It is one of the most complex psychological issues anyone can face and affects all age groups: From adolescents to elders, depression captures sufferers in a seemingly inescapable cage of sadness.
Depression is a web of many factors. We know, for example, that brain chemistry plays a role. Recent research has pointed to other biological factors, includ...
According to research funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, most Americans spend about 93% of their lives indoors, including 6% inside a vehicle.
Not only does that foster all kinds of unhealthy habits, but it disconnects people – especially young people – from the mental and physical benefits of spending time outside.
Without knowing what the outdoors has to offer, children and teens are more likely to become adu...
Everybody in the world feels at least a little discomfort, physical or mental, every day.
It might seem obvious discomfort is something we should avoid. Many psychologists believe the desire to avoid pain – intense discomfort – and seek pleasure are basic drives shared by all living things. But humans are different: We can find meaning in discomfort.
What is Discomfort Trying to Tell You?
Let’s think about some comm...
Rescuing Can Hurt the “Hero” and the Person Being Saved
When we see someone we care about in trouble or in pain, it is natural to want to help. Each of us has this “helping instinct,” which only grows bigger when you become a mother or father. For all that we may wish to help a sibling, cousin, or friend, the desire to do so is all the more intense for a child. However, it is important to help in healthy, respec...
Wilderness therapy is often the last option loved ones think of when an adolescent or teen is in trouble – but it is one of the most effective. Done correctly, wilderness therapy has unmatched potential to help youths move their lives forward in a healthy, balanced way.
Let’s consider some reasons why:
Wilderness Therapy Means Unbroken Personal Care
Positive attention, relatable role models, and strong relationships &ndas...
You don't have to struggle with your teen any longer.
Many parents are struggling with adolescents and young adults who suffer from mental health, substance abuse, and other issues associated with this age group. Although the usual courses of therapy and medications have been tried, for some, these therapies are just not working. In these cases, alternative therapies are being sought out.
One type of alternative therapy parents are as...
Nature and Its Mental Health Benefits
When it comes to effective mental-health treatment, the natural world probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, when seeking psychiatric care for mild-to-severe mental illness, nature is probably around the 1000th thing that comes to mind (somewhere between joining the Church of Scientology and volunterring with the peace corps.). And why wouldn't it be? After all, we live in a pi...