News Outdoor ‘green’ can fight the blues

January 11, 2015 by Shannon

January 11th 2014. A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology in 2010 showed that spending even just 20 minutes a day in fresh air boosts vitality that is, having both physical and mental energy. “Research has shown that people with a greater sense of vitality don’t just have more energy for things they...

Continue Reading The Complex Relationship Between Happiness and Motivation

August 18, 2014 by Shannon

August 18th 2014.  Scientists Richard M. Ryan from the University of Rochester and Christina Frederick from the University of Southern Utah have taken an extensive look at the concept of subjective vitality as a reflection of well-being. Ryan and Frederick argue that subjective vitality is enhanced when the basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness are...

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CNN: Backpacking for the Mind, Body and Soul

August 15, 2012 by Shannon

August 15 2012. Get off the grid and into the wild on an overnight backpacking trip. Backpackers are likely to experience the wilderness much more intimately than other types of travelers — and reap the benefits of physical exercise and mental refreshment at the same time. “A variety of studies show that even relatively brief...

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Vitality and Energy

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: Nature Boosts Self-Evaluation of Vitality

June 8, 2010 by Shannon

June 8th 2010. It’s refreshing. It’s invigorating. And it leaves you feeling truly alive. No, I’m not talking about a cold shower or a fruit smoothie with a mochachino chaser. I’m talking about nature. Because according to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, getting outside—or even just thinking about it—can increase your...

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