A discussion on Biophilia, the theory that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. With the change of seasons, it’s the perfect time to delve deep into our personal connection with the outdoors!
I sure do! Especially now that spring is here and summer is right around the corner…my inner Biophiliac is out in FULL force.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me give you a little background.
While catching up on some news articles online, I came across a small column about Biophilia.
I had never heard that term before and was immediately interested in learning more about it. At first I thought it was some type of disease, but after reading more, I realized that I not only have Biophilia but it is a WONDERFUL thing!
What is Biophilia?
According to the dictionary…
BIOPHILIA n.-the human desire to spend time outdoors among plants, trees, and nature in general. <- that’s me in a nutshell ??♀️
The article said that spending time outside is one of the best things you can do for you long-term health & happiness and that…
“Doing so can reduce stress, lengthen your attention span, and possibly help you live longer.”
Well, I certainly believe all those positive effects are true and have definitely felt them myself throughout my lifetime.
I absolutely LOVE being in nature and spending time outdoors. I honestly would prefer to spend the majority of my time outside, rather than being stuck indoors with stale, stuffy, un-fresh air. That’s why I am such a warm weather and summer lover. The warm weather months allow me to me maximize my time outside. SCORE!
As soon as the temperature rises above 50 degrees here (yes, that’s warm in Buffalo), you can find me outside doing EVERYTHING! Work, eating my meals, exercising (of course! outdoor activity > gym going), and I will even do some gardening/landscaping (which I don’t particularly love) just to be outside. I also am CARfree as you all know, so that gives me extra opportunities to be outdoors as well.
I have my parents to thank for instilling a love of the outdoors in me from a very young age. They took me camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, and on long walks since I was little, so I don’t really remember a time when I didn’t LOVE being active outside.
I have actually considered living in New York City in the past just to have everyday access to Central Park. One of my ultimate “happy places” on earth. Parks, in general, are some of my favorite places to enjoy nature; tons of people, wildlife, and beautiful landscaping to enjoy.
So whether you’re a Biophiliac or not, I encourage you to get outdoors more often. Take advantage of the change of seasons and get outside for a few moments each day to reconnect with nature. Outdoor time is scientifically proven to benefit your mind, body, and spirit. Read more about the specifics here if you’re interested!
I’ll leave you today with some of my favorite pictures I’ve taken while immersing myself in nature…
Are you a Biophiliac?
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