30 Day Challenge

Get Outside and Enjoy!
Get Outside and Enjoy!

Healthy Planet=Healthy People

This is the best 30 day challenge ever! Spend 30 minutes outside everyday for 30 days.

“Want to feel healthier, happier and more peaceful? Add a daily dose of nature to your routine.

Most of us spend too much time in front of screens and too little time outdoors. It’s time to fall (back) in love with nature!

This May, the David Suzuki Foundation is challenging you and people around the world to join the 30×30 Challenge by spending 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. Our goal is simple: to reconnect human beings with nature for the sake of their health and mental well-being.”  David Suzuki

Take the challenge here

Happy May, get out and enjoy!

Walk* Bike *Garden*Bird Watch* Breathe* Love the earth

Enjoy!
Enjoy!

http://30×30.davidsuzuki.org/

The first day of the challenge I saw a painted lady and red admiral butterflies, and a

Painted Lady
Painted Lady

swimming otter.  I heard lots of woodpeckers and chickadees.

Celebrate a Day For Happiness

International-Day-of-Happiness“I will try to create more happiness in the world around me”

Thousands of people all around the world are taking action to support the International Day of Happiness.

Let’s create a happier world together

Not everyone, but most of us want to be happy. In 2012 The United Nations declared March 20, the first day of spring, as the International Day of Happiness. So how can you have a happy life?? For some of us it just happens, but for others, it takes some work. I hope you will click on the link below for a little book with suggestions on how to be happy.  I am not discounting anyone with troublesome economic problems.  Some of those economic problems don’t exist in the world’s 2016 happiest country, Denmark. Read about it here.

Happiness suggestions from Actionforhappiness.org

  1. Do things for others and volunteer your time
  2. Take care of your body, go for a walk, eat fruits and vegetables
  3. Pay attention and live your life mind fully
  4. Learn new things, and lose yourself in something you love
  5. Have goals or things to look forward to
  6. Everything won’t go the way you want, but happy people bounce back and are resilient
  7. Look for what is good and smile
  8. Accept yourself, be comfortable with yourself and who you are
  9. Be part of something bigger than just yourself
  10. Get outside and enjoy our world!
 

Please read the happiness book

www.actionforhappiness.org/media/528356/ten_keys_new_guidebook.pdf

Happy spring!  What are your tips to be happier??

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Nature Walks Are Good For Your Brain!

What flowers are blooming?
What flowers are blooming?

See the new research below, and get outside in a quiet place for a walk.

In the past several months, a bevy of studies have added to a growing literature on the mental and physical benefits of spending time outdoors. That includes recent research showing that short micro-breaks spent looking at a nature scene have a rejuvenating effect on the brain — boosting levels of attention — and also that kids who attend schools featuring more greenery fare better on cognitive tests.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/06/29/fixating-or-brooding-on-things-take-a-walk-in-the-woods-for-real/

Report back with what you see on your walk.  Friday I saw an owl and an indigo bunting.

Look for butterflies
Look for butterflies