Biophilia – Ever Heard of it?

We need nature - Biophilia Hypothesis

Get Outside to be Happy

This belief is often defined as: an innate love for the natural world, supposed to be felt universally by humankind.

Interesting and I ask you how can we disagree with this statement?

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. – Anne Frank

I am sure you have felt the struggle and disconnection, wondering what are we doing here? What is the point?

I believe that re-connecting with nature is a great self help mechanism which can be easily achieved by everyone, including you.

We curate lives with nature kinda fitting in around us, we cannot really escape it, nor should we because its a basic desire and need that we have. It is something to cherish and embrace, get involved in and be part of.

We need to be apart of nature in order to thrive as not that long ago we were properly apart of it, not somehow propped up on a pedestal looking down at it as we seem to now. In fact without realising it we seem to desire it wherever we go.

There are many other benefits to being outdoors as well, including getting some sunshine on your skin to help the creation of vitamin D as well as just disconnecting from all things tech. Even the change in temperatures you encounter are good for your body, forcing it to react.

Proof?

  1. Houses with lovely views sell for premiums because we desire nature.
  2. Domestic pets allow us to pretend we are living once more with nature.
  3. We plant our gardens with flowers and decorate our homes with dry, dying pot plants.
  4. The most expensive holiday destinations are naturally rich and diverse.
  5. We help preserve animals and plants in our environment.

For nature the world to survive there must be an element of emotional link between us and virtually everything we see, else nothing would ever be protected. This is why I know its essential for you to get outside and become more apart of the world once more.

How

This is the simple part. if you don’t get outside much here are a number of ways you can start.

  • Eat your breakfast outside on the morning
  • Walk to work or school
  • Take the dog out twice a day
  • Take a walk at your break time and go to a place where there is wildlife of some sort
  • Get the kids out fishing (I can teach you how)
  • Go crabbing at the beach
  • Drink your pint outside

There are literally thousands of ways to enjoy time outside and there is never an excuse about the weather being to bad, its a choice of bad clothing!

We are apart of the natural world, however much you might like to disagree and to be truly happy we need to embrace the environment and once again become apart of it.

I am going to refer to this a whole lot more as it forms part of my philosophy that in order to feel better we don’t just need positive thoughts and actions but we need to get outside and live!

Look here to read more about the Biophilia hypothesis

 

2 Comments, RSS

  1. John Banks July 16, 2015 @ 8:52 am

    This is a great article. Being a Dad with all the preasures and strains of family life and suffering from menieres disease for many years with ringing tinnitus I cannot tell you how much this post hit home.

    I often go out just to “get out for a bit” – often alone too. I find it way more peaceful and less stressful outside than I do in.

    There is some great stuff on here Jamie! Thanks for the post!!

    John

    • Jamie Hibbert July 16, 2015 @ 9:32 am

      Hi John,

      Thanks for commenting. I am chuffed that you found some value from this. I strongly believe in this approach and want to strive to help others engage more with the world around them.

      I think our children (generalisation) really need to get back in touch as well. I have a large family and encourage them as much as possible to get outside, yet they don’t really know how to interact like I remember doing as a kid. It’s as if they are looking for the instruction manual on how to enjoy the outdoors. ironically, they don’t need a manual on how to get the latest game working or latest bit of tech set up!

      Thanks again John.

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