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The Gifts of Mother Nature



I’ve always admired the grace and beauty in animals and the nature surrounding us: the way dogs look at us; the peaceful singsong of birds in the rustling leaves; the strength and kindheartedness in horses... Even as someone who does not own any pets, I find myself reflecting on the mindfulness benefits these beautiful creatures bring to us. Throughout the years, many studies have been conducted on the therapeutic benefits of not only animals


but the whole of nature as well. That being said, here are the best benefits animals bring to us!

  • Playing with dogs, cats, horses, or other pets increases the release of serotonin, which helps to calm and relax

  • Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets

  • People with pets have lower blood pressure, lower triglyceride levels, and lower cholesterol levels (indicators of heart health)

  • Heart attack patients with pets live longer than those without

  • Companionship of a pet decreases loneliness and stress


However, mother nature is generous in more than just her animals. Plants and vegetation, as well as simply enjoying the outdoors, have proven psychological and physical benefits:

  • House plants have been proven to help combat seasonal depression, relieve stress and anxiety, and increase productivity; a study by Exeter University found that employees up to 15% more productive than their peers when in a workspace with plants.

  • All vegetation purifies and recycles our air, especially in indoor space

  • Vitamin D levels rise, which regulate the nutrients needed for healthy bone density

  • You’ll be happier--studies conclude that sunlight improves mood

  • Being outdoors can reduce anxiety, stress, and symptoms of depression

  • The outdoors may improve your ability to focus and improve your short term memory


All of these psychological and physical benefits, as well as all those not explored in our blog, leave no room for any argument: mother nature truly spoils us with her gifts. So, in the spirit of the coming warmth of Spring, find time to soak in the benefits of our pets and the outdoors!


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