As an avid hiker, this article that I found on lifehack.org today made total sense to me. I’ve been hiking almost daily for the past 6 years, and it has improved my life in many ways. Being surrounded by hiking trails, it is difficult to get bored. Even when I’m away from home I still find hiking trails, like the Mount Tamalpais State Park trail during my recent visit to San Francisco, and the Muir Woods trail in Mill Woods, CA.
“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, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves,” wrote John Muir in Our National Parks. Clearly, John Muir understood the intrinsic value of spending time in nature.
Along with Muir, many of us recognize that hiking in nature is good for the body, mind, and soul. Walking through the woods while observing colorful birds and foliage, smelling the aroma of spruce and pine trees, and listening to a soothing running stream simply clear our mind and make us feel good. Lucky for us, doctors agree. Study after study shows there are many mental health benefits to spending time hiking in nature.