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    Nature Makes Us More Caring, Study Says

    Want to be a better person? Commune with nature.

    Paying attention to the natural world not only makes you feel better, it makes you behave better, finds a new study to be published October 1 in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

    "Stopping to experience our natural surroundings can have social as well as personal benefits," says Richard Ryan, coauthor and professor of psychology, psychiatry and education at the University of Rochester. While the salubrious effects of nature are well documented, from increasing happiness and physical health to lowering stress, this study shows that the benefits extend to a person's values and actions. Exposure to natural as opposed to man-made environments leads people to value community and close relationships and to be more generous with money, find Ryan and his team of researchers at the University of Rochester.
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    So, what are you waiting for? Leave your flat, leave your house, and instead of spending the next hours in front of the TV, walk through the woods, wander through the fields, or climb the mountains - and breathe nature!
    Lík börn leika best.

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    thats why so many pagan religions are nature based
    The coward believes he will live forever
    If he holds back in the battle,
    But in old age he shall have no peace
    Though spears have spared his limbs

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    Nature is a profoundly cruel entity and any attempt to mitigate that fact means creating a distinction between the conditions inside and outside of the space controlled by us. The price we pay for it is energy in the physical sense and an increasing inability to cope with the raw demands of nature, which becomes a problem if we are no longer able to expend the necessary energy to ensure an environment we can function in.

    When people "commune with nature" in spaces like the European continent, they do so within a culturally shaped landscape and rarely venture into Utgard. It is no surprise then that this only serves to reaffirm an incomplete experience of nature as a source of nourishment.

    Occassionally, though, this perception can get fractures, when getting lost in the woods without a remaining sense of direction and a shadow of despair creeps into the mind. A suspicion begins to form that nature does not care about us as individuals and whether we live or die, and that it takes a great deal of effort as well as extraordinary personal and collective quality to survive and thrive in nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hauke Haien View Post
    Occassionally, though, this perception can get fractures, when getting lost in the woods without a remaining sense of direction and a shadow of despair creeps into the mind. A suspicion begins to form that nature does not care about us as individuals and whether we live or die, and that it takes a great deal of effort as well as extraordinary personal and collective quality to survive and thrive in nature.
    Anyone reading Grimm would come to understand this intuitively.
    Last edited by Stormraaf; Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 at 12:00 PM. Reason: full-quoting

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    It comes from hatred of the successful/strong etc. and goes back to Marxism. Humans are garbage animals are perfect etc. I believe the earth, the sky, trees etc. and even areas that are undistrubed by the constant psychic energy of others can have good effects on us. Though this is not "nature" in her true sense but rather the garden of eden that we create as human beings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blutwölfin View Post
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    So, what are you waiting for? Leave your flat, leave your house, and instead of spending the next hours in front of the TV, walk through the woods, wander through the fields, or climb the mountains - and breathe nature!
    Round here? In the dark in a woods? I'd need to go armed to the teeth

    Seriously though, I walk whenever possible, try to take in the scenery, breathe the air, listen to the birds. And I always feel great after it

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    Even if you live in a city going out for a walk every day is refreshing.
    If you can't enjoy nature routinely, choose a natural destination like the mountains or seaside for vacation.
    Fresh air always helps me and it also puts me in a better mood for activities, and to sleep.

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