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5 Ways to Boost Wintertime Energy and Happiness

New research shows that being in nature can improve vitality, increase physical activity, and generate mental clarity.

By Leah Zerbe


WHAT IT MEANS: It's tempting to spend as much time indoors as possible during cold winter weather. But if you find that the only time you're experiencing the great outdoors is during that 30-second walk from your front door to your car, you could be depleting yourself of some natural mood-enhancing medicine—moments with Mother Nature. To boost your spirits this winter, make it a priority to schedule some time outside.

The study authors even reference naturalist John Muir to highlight the power of the great outdoors:

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy…" (from his book Our National Parks).

Ahh. Now, let's go out and get some fresh air!

Read on for five easy ways to spend time outdoors and generate winter vitality:

Published on: January 4, 2010
Updated on: December 8, 2010

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