“The art of seeing has to be learned.”
It’s much like practicing mindfulness, really. While that sounds like a laudable goal, it’s also one of those things that’s hard to put on your “to do” list.
People who walked outdoors scored “significantly higher on measures of vitality, enthusiasm, pleasure and self-esteem and lower on tension, depression and fatigue,” compared to those who walked indoors, according to the New York Times. Running, cycling, hiking or doing your weight or interval training outdoors leads to an improved mood, which goes a long way towards getting you outdoors tomorrow, too.
Part of the reason that going out into your neighborhood boosts your mood, self-esteem, pleasure and the rest is that it connects you to the season and the place you live.
I – Word Understanding
Laudable – admirable
Vitality – being strong and active
II – Have Your Say
Here are just a few of the things that those who cycle, walk and run through their neighborhoods see that others might be missing:
1. Nature’s seasonal treats
2. Insight into neighbors’ lives
3. Where the little free libraries ar
4. Subtle landscape changes
5. Where the fruit trees are
6. Creative street art
7. Neighborhood gardens
8. What the kids are up to
9. Surprises galore