It's true: Getting out in nature will help clear your mind

Brain function improves by 50 percent

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  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 4:52 p.m.

    This is old news. A 1960 study of convicted criminals show that none of the convict has ever had a wholesome outdoor experience (in particular for this study, that was hunting and fishing). Our bond with the outdoors takes many forms. Whether it by hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, riding an ATV or dirt bike. The outside experience is relaxing invigorating and mentally recharging. Like I said, it's not new science. What is not considered in his study, and I believe also mention in "Last Child" is that we are making it too restrictive for kids to have an outdoor experience. The outdoors is now swamped in "adult" rules with huge penalties for violating. In short, the outdoors isn't fun anymore. An 8 year old kid used to be able to pick up a pole and go fish only knowing what the limit was. Now he's swamped in regulation. The SUWA attitude that a wheel track or footprint off the trail is killing nature and the social stigma they portray make the outdoors as confining as the office and unattractive to visit.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 9:20 a.m.

    Scientifically or methodically or not, God made us a beautiful and glorious world so we could think of his creations when we are out in them, whenever that is and at whatever level.

    The smells, the views, the animals, the plants, the sounds, the whispers of leaves, the fractals of those leaves and rivers and of the rocks and rills. The sharp mountains and the rolling hills, the various types of trees and landscapes of rocks, plants and canyons.

    We forget the burdens that surround us at home, work, at Church, or just in the neighborhood.

    Having lived in various countries where people have time and place with nature more than our busy lives, they understand the beauty, even though they live in a somewhat squalor to us.

    God gives us a test everyday of our life. Do we show kindness to others? Do we love the world He made for us? Do we enjoy all His creations including our neighbors? Do we help spread good will by going on a horseback ride with our good friend into the beautiful back drop of nature?

    People don't get out enough to validate a study pragmatically/theoretically as they are busy.

  • CougarScott Orem, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 7:10 a.m.

    The conclusions that the authors made might be true, but their conclusions don't follow from the study as described in the DesNews. The study appears to be flawed because of lack of controls. What would the results be if the subjects gave up their technology and watched movies or sat on a beach for four days? What would the results be if the subjects went to the mountains and kept using their technology? May the positive effect came completely from exercise and not from any of the things that the authors identified as the reasons for the improvement in score. I hope the authors follow up with a real research study. Without controls, no one knows the source of the improvement in "creativity scores." In fact, maybe the scores increased only because the people were better prepared for that type of test that they had taken earlier, and that the results had nothing to do with nature or technology.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Dec. 13, 2012 6:39 a.m.

    Read Richard Louv's "Last Child in the Woods." An insightful book on how nature affects children and why our technology is causing more damage than good.