Nature and wellness

Nature and Happiness

 Nature and Happiness

-Sharada Balasubramanian





The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure: —
But the least motion which they made,
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature’s holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?


These are a few lines from the poem ‘Lines written in early spring’ by William Wordsworth- a poem that was inspired by nature and how small visions of nature can enthral and bring happiness in life.

It is believed that people who spend time with nature are more content and more happier individuals. They have a purpose, definition and direction to life, which in turn culminates into being a happy individual. In today’s world, the exposure to nature has become narrow.

Modernity isn’t too monotonous, it’s too safe. It is said that by denying intimate contact with nature, modernity denies us contact with risk and thus, we are missing out on happiness as well.

Here is an interesting quote on nature and happiness:

“Nature is beauty. Lands, plants, animals, skies, and oceans are all a part of nature that is shared with us. Nature is so amazing because it doesn't need the assistance of man to continue surviving as it has done for so long. Nature's goodness can also make up for all that is bad or wrong with man. Man destroys but nature creates and gives birth to. Nature is peaceful and content. It seems as if nature is the backbone to happiness. If there was no nature there would be nothing left in this world to admire and cherish.”


The loss of connect between urban humans and nature is be detrimental to health and happiness. It has been proved that green nature parks has a great ability of making people change into positive and happy people. Be being close to nature, observing them and spending time in the green company can truly make us happy individuals.


References:
http://ecohearth.com/eco-op-ed/1163-is-nature-the-pathway-to-purpose-and-happiness.html
http://www.thehappinessinstitute.com/blog/article.aspx?c=3&a=1987



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