Spending time with Mother Nature is good for your brain

Those who enjoy the outdoors, camping, RVing, hiking, paddling, bird and wildlife watching, know that nature can have a positive effect on one’s attitude and feelings of well being. But now, a professor claims it is also good for your brain.

Henry David Thoreau knew the importance of nature, filling his books and notes with observations about human life and its basic need for nature. Those writings have probably never been more important than they are today. On average, Americans spend about 10 hours a day in front of a computer or other electronic device and less than 30 minutes a day outdoors.

That is a claim made by David Strayer, a professor of psychology at the University of Utah, who says that all this time spent with technology is making our brains tired.

Using an electronic device – answering emails, listening to the news, looking at Facebook – puts a lot of pressure on the prefrontal cortex, the front of the brain. This area, Strayer explains, is important for critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making.

So, it is important to give the brain a rest. And being in nature, Strayer claims, helps refresh a brain that is tired from too much technology. Read more in the Health & Lifestyle Report from VOA News.

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