I found the following item on pg. 272 of the October 2010 edition of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine the other day in the Better Health NEWS Section by Sara Altshul:
Scientists at the University of Essex in England found that all it takes is five minutes of strolling in a wooded trail, raking leaves, or performing almost any physical movement in a natural outdoor setting to produce a significant uptick in mood and self-esteem. “Humans largely live inside, but because of our evolution as hunter-gatherers we may feel more relaxed and connected moving out in nature,” explains study coauthor Jo Barton, Ph.D. What’s more, this temporary boost may safeguard against problems like depression. So treat yourself to “recess”–even if it’s brief.
I’ll share a bit of poetry I created a few years back. Maybe you won’t agree with some of the sentiment, but the abovementioned research seems to support it to some degree:
Too Much/Not Enough
I think people talk too much, listen too little,
rush too often,
and waste their energy.
I think people spend too much time hypnotized by TV,
watching a computer,
or impaled on a phone.
I think people talk to avoid themselves
because they hate the questions,
and fear the answers.
I think people ask too much, too soon–
maybe too often.
I think others don’t ask enough.
I believe people could change.
I believe they could spend time peeling oranges,
staring out windows,
smelling new flowers and poking in the dirt.
I believe they could chop vegetables, make soup
and eat together,
then lose themselves in kitchen sink bubbles.
I believe they could watch a bumble bee
work for what he needs, then depart,
no worse for the wear.
I believe they could fly kites,
observe their tango with the wind,
trusting it to carry them where it will.
I believe people could read for three hours a day
and watch TV for one.
I believe they could read things that scare them for the path presented.
I believe they could take long walks without self-help recordings
or stock reports plugged into their brains,
and finally hear the voice within their feet.
I believe people would see how air, sun and earth
wait patiently for them,
eager to bond with their core.
All they have to do is stop talking so much.