Yesterday, I finished writing my essay about nature. I want to share it with you!
Without further ado . . . My Essay
Helen Keller wrote, “To me, a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcoming than the most luxurious Persian rug.” As much as men create beautiful things, such as Persian rugs, God has given us the most beautiful thing of all. God has given us nature. If you think about it, men copy what they see in nature. When we go outside and just bask in the wonders of nature, we can feel true peace and happiness. If we really connect with nature, we can connect with God.
Being outside is not enough; green space is needed. Studies show that walking down a busy city street or playing outside on cement is not nearly as beneficial to your well-being as being in places that have trees, grass, and other plants. When you are out in the bright sunlight and in a green space, it can change your mood from a bad mood to a good mood. Also, trees give free and pure oxygen that helps your brain think clearly. Which means, when you are outside you are helping your brain work better and think better thoughts.
New research has found that being in nature actually boosts the immune system. If you are outside in a green space and exercising, you will be mentally and physically healthy. “Scientists have shown that kids that play outdoors are generally more fit than those who spend the majority of their time inside. Kids who play outside in natural areas also showed a statistically significant improvement in motor fitness with better coordination, balance, and agility.” (The Natural Learning Initiative, Why Naturalize Outdoor Learning Environments, January 2012) Also, if you eat “nature” as in fruits and vegetables, you will have more energy and focus.
Another reason why connecting with nature is essential for your well-being is, it helps improve your academics and behavior. “Studies in the US show that schools that use outdoor classrooms and other forms of nature-based experiential education, support significant student gains in social studies, science, language arts, and math. Students in outdoor science programs improve their science testing scores by 27%.” (The Natural Learning Initiative, Why Naturalize Outdoor Learning Environments, January 2012)
Studies have shown that children and adults do better with their physical and mental health, behavior, and academics when they spend 30 minutes or more in nature. I know from experience that fresh air and a little exercise helps boost my energy, focus, and mood. I hope that you will take away something from reading this. I believe that the world can become a better place if everyone just takes a little time out of their day to roam the natural beauty of this earth.
Thanks for reading!