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Sickly as a child, heartbroken as a young man over the loss of his wife and mother on the same day, Teddy Roosevelt found his salvation in nature....
- Timothy Egan, The Elephant Hunter of Trump Tower, NYT, MARCH 24, 2017


Long walks can improve moods and reduce anxiety, but the benefits may be greatest if the walks take place outdoors rather than in a gym, according to a new study by researchers in Austria.
- GRETCHEN REYNOLDS, For Exercise, Nothing Like the Great Outdoors, NYT, JUNE 28, 2017
[Karin Hofmann of Stuttgart, Germany, commented (June 28, 2017): Now that is a surprising result! Walking on mountain trails, taking in the beautiful scenery is more fun than walking on a treadmill. Who would have thought that?! Henry Thoreau, Journals (1838-1859), April 20, 1840: An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. - https://www.walden.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Chapter4.pdf, p. 134]


You'd be hard-pressed, these days, to find a psychologist who doesn't think we'd be better off if we spent more time in nature. ...
It's cheering, then, that a clutch of recent findings have begun to demonstrate how even the tiniest kinds of engagement with nature deliver a psychological boost. When you can't climb mountains, it turns out, merely blurring the boundary between indoors and out may suffice. Office workers who glimpse a tree or two are both happier and more productive; in one analysis, of a university building in Oregon, workers on the greenery-facing side took 19% fewer sick days. If you're treated in hospital for bipolar disorder, the evidence suggests, you'll be discharged several days sooner on average if your room is naturally lit. Pupils do worse in tests in windowless classrooms. Even looking at photographs of natural scenes lowers blood pressure.
- Oliver Burkeman, Even Short Engagements With Nature Boost Productivity, The Guardian, Mar. 17, 2013


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