A series of studies published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology finds that being out in nature helps people feel more alive, which in turn can lead to an overall improvement in quality of life.
“Nature is fuel for the soul,” says lead author Richard Ryan. “Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature,” he says.
Although being outside is an excellent way of staying connected with the world, it can be difficult to find the time to get outside for a walk. Instead of that cup of coffee, there are a variety of alternative means of improving one’s vitality, not the least of which is dietary supplements, such as Dr. Pinkus’ Natural Energy from Dr. Newton’s Naturals.
One study examined more than 500 college students, asking each of them to take a 15-minute walk through indoor hallways and natural river paths. Individuals consistently felt more energized when out in nature compared to when they were asked to remain indoors.