Challenge Four: Get connected

Growing up on the outskirts of a small town, the importance of home security was never really instilled in me as a child. As far back as I can remember, our home’s front door was kept unlocked. In fact, for most of my childhood I wasn’t even aware the door had a lock on it.… Read More

An hour a day in nature is good for the mind and body

To explore the benefits of nature, my challenge in March was to spend one hour in nature every day. With the month now over, I’d like to reflect on some observations. Nature’s Gym Spending time outdoors is an easy and scenic way to get fit. This month, I spent a total of 46 hours in… Read More

Challenge Three: Back to nature

The Japanese have a wonderful expression for spending time in the woods: Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. Widely practiced in Japan, forest bathing involves visiting a forest expressly for its health benefits. Advocates of Shinrin-yoku claim that breathing in the volatile organic compounds produced from trees, called phytoncides or wood essential oils, helps to promote relaxation… Read More