Want to Feel a Warm Glow?

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All it takes is a walk in the park.  Experts say even taking a short break makes us happier and healthier. 

So I don't know about you, but it only takes one cloudy day to make me a bit “sad.”  I realize that may sound pretty pathetic, but an overcast day truly can affect my energy and mood. 

Fortunately, here in Savannah we don't go too long without sunshine. 

I lived in the Midwest for three years, and the all-time record for cloudy skies was up to 21 days in a row.  Instead of giving a chance of snow, I gave a chance of sunshine.

But your body adjusts.  And if you still don't like how your body responds, scientists say there are some simple steps to take to get a boost.

They say losing weight and staying happy could be as easy as a walk in the park.  Time spent enjoying nature helps boost our self-control and optimism by up to a sixth.  Spending time outdoors helps us slow down and better consider our future. 

When it comes to fitness, findings show it would be better to exercise outdoors.  The claim is that we are more likely to stick to our fitness regime. 

The also can be said when making big financial decisions.  Researchers agree that a short walk in a park or woods help an individual to focus on the future and whether to invest now or keep on saving. 

City landscapes tend to make us very impulsive and more short-term thinkers. 

But being in lush, green nature elicits a feeling of resource abundance, says the study.  This allows one to think more long-term and for higher reward. 

A previous study by Utah University found that leaving your laptop at home, switching off the smart phone and instead taking a walk in nature can help boost brain power by as much as 50 percent. 







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