What Would Happen if You Stopped Going Outside? {Video}

Via Jennifer S. White
on Aug 30, 2013
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summer nostalgia

I live in Ohio and it’s been hot, even for August.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one to complain about the heat, especially since I’m fully aware, as a lover of seasons, that it will soon be winter before I know it and it will then become all too easy to complain about the bitter cold.

Yet, while I adore my changing Ohio weather, I have noticed that when my daughter and I don’t spend as much time outside as we usually do that neither of us are as happy.

On the one hand, it makes me thank my lucky stars to have an outdoor-lovin’ kid, on the other, it helps me to reflect on the benefits of nature.

Even a minimal amount of time, surrounded by things that are naturally green and experiencing sunlight without a pane of glass in front of it, is more wonderful for you than you probably recognize.

(Athough I’m certainly not suggesting that being a country mouse is better than being a city one, because, actually, some of the cities that I’ve lived in have had the most beautiful parks.)

So, watch this and be reminded of why you need to always make time to spend outside—and then get out there.

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Ed: Sara Crolick


About Jennifer S. White

Jennifer S. White is a voracious reader, obsessive writer, passionate yoga instructor and drinker of hoppy ales. She’s also a devoted mama and wife (a stay-at-home yogi). She considers herself to be one of the funniest people who ever lived and she’s also an identical twin. In addition to her work on elephant journal, Jennifer has over 40 articles published on the wellness website MindBodyGreen and her yoga-themed column Your Personal Yogi ran in the newspaper Toledo Free Press. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in geology, absolutely no degrees in anything related to literature, and she currently owns a wheel of cheese. If you want to learn more about Jennifer, make sure to check out her writing, as she’s finally put her tendencies to over-think and over-share to good use. Jennifer is the author of The Best Day of Your Life, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She's also as excited as a five year old to announce the release of her second book, The Art of Parenting: Love Letters from a Mother, available on Amazon.


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