We walked through a great sunset today on the river not far from home. A few hundred thousand people were within fifteen minutes drive, but almost no one was there.
Amazing how cities can have patches of tranquility.
We could all go wandering more often:
Walking in nature changes our brains
Does experiencing nature actually change our brains in some way that affects our emotional health?
…City dwellers also have a higher risk for anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses than people living outside urban centers, studies show.
These developments seem to be linked to some extent, according to a growing body of research. Various studies have found that urban dwellers with little access to green spaces have a higher incidence of psychological problems than people living near parks and that city dwellers who visit natural environments have lower levels of stress hormones immediately afterward than people who have not recently been outside.
See “Greenery (or Even Photos of Trees) Can Make Us Happier”.
PS: And yes, of course, windy, cold cloudy days, mosquitoes, flies and tetanus are all natural too…