"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life. And see if I could not learn what it had to teach and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." —Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Although published in 1854, Thoreau’s insights on the healing and perspective-changing properties of nature are timeless. The vast, beautiful great outdoors serves as a scenic sanctuary, and there is great physical value in practicing self-reliance, being in motion, and breathing fresh air.
It sounds like common sense, right? It’s the kind of advice that everyone gives, but not many listen regularly enough. Of course, we should all spend more time outside—especially in these days of social media and internet overload. But then again, if life is a mess, how much is outside time really going to help?
More than you might think.