It’s not a surprise that many of us spend more than 90% of our time indoors. Since our culture is focused on technology, we spend a considerable amount of time on our smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktops…and not just for work, but also for entertainment (i.e., Netflix, YouTube). It shouldn’t be a shock that many of us have become increasingly nature deprived.

Here are the TOP 3 reasons why spending time with nature has a positive impact on our health and well-being:

1) Being in Nature Allows Us to Experience Gratitude
Many of us forget to appreciate the simple things that nature offers i.e., the smell of the fragrant blossoms, the relaxing sounds of chirping birds, the vibrant colors of the flowers & plants in our backyard. It’s easy to take these things for granted especially when life gets busy.

When we appreciate nature, it makes us feel inspired, grateful and blissful. Try to take time every day to appreciate nature, even if it’s only for a few minutes. It will change your perspective about life. When you practice this habit, even negative situations can be seen in a positive light.


2) Flowers Make Us Happy & Healthy
A Rutgers University study showed that flowers have a long-term positive effect on our mood. Flowers make us happy, and they also reduce anxiety and depression!

Liven up the mood in your home or office by adding flowers and plants to your décor. You’ll notice a BIG difference in your mood when you incorporate “nature” in your living space AND your working space. Happiness is contagious….it affects the happiness of others with whom you are connected. Happy & Positive Energy = Good Health!


3) Spending Time in Nature Improves Our Relationships
Healthy relationships are important to our health and well-being. Research shows that people who spend a lot of time around plants are more compassionate. They also experience increased emotional connection with friends and family. Strong relationships contribute to a long, healthy, and happy life.


Many of us don’t get to experience nature as much as we would like. Did you ever think about gardening? A BIG yard is not necessary. Container gardening is a perfect solution for small spaces. Gardening is a popular hobby and people from all age groups can benefit from it.

Gardening is wonderful because it gives us the opportunity to be with nature, and it also serves as some sort of “therapy” ~ you can spend a few minutes, or a few hours doing it. It’s all up to you! You can take your mind off problems for a while, and concentrate on the task of gardening. Something to think about…

About the author:
Edna Dimataga-Fernandez founded The Wellness Institute in 2013. The company provides Corporate Wellness Seminars, Individual Whole Health Assessments, Holistic Wellness Programs and Organizational Consulting. Prior to founding the company, she worked & consulted in the insurance industry for over 17 years. She also founded Wellness-Spring, a holistic health & wellness store. For more information, please visit out website: www.the-wellness-institute.com

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Edna Dimataga-Fernandez
Edna Dimataga-Fernandez founded The Wellness Institute in 2013. The company utilizes a holistic model of wellness consulting focusing on the 6 dimensions of organizational well-being: physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual & financial health. The Wellness Institute provides holistic health assessments, corporate well-being workshops & wellness consultations with holistic health practitioners. Wellness-Spring, the company’s holistic health store, sells organic & non-toxic health & beauty products. A portion of the proceeds is donated back to causes that support women, children, health, wellness & education. She has worked & consulted for companies in the insurance & financial services industry, the medical & behavioral health field and the non-profit sector. Edna holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is a Past President (2010-11) of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors - Los Angeles Chapter and is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California Department of Insurance.