Got your attention didn’t I?It’s December 31st, a time when many of us are reflecting on how we want to feel in the new year.
Do you want to . . . .
- Lose heaviness?
- Gain optimism?
- Be more empowered?
- Feel happier?
- Change the world for the better?
Me too and in my year-end reflections, I have reminded myself that I know the science of how this can be achieved and have had the privilege of living the experience.Let me share the secret that could lead to such profound positive change – for you, for me and for generations to come.
Do NOT count the calories in your food intake.
Rather, LOSE heaviness and GAIN health and happiness by . . . drinking in more Nature.
What to measure?
- How little garbage you produce;
- How little “stuff” your purchase;
- How low your fuel costs are (home and vehicle); and
- Most importantly, how much time you spend outdoors.
Spend more time on the water, under the water, atop a mountain or beside a tree.
It’s that easy and yes, this is science-based.
Research has shown that the Japanese practice of “forest bathing” (Shinrin-yoku) measurably increases well-being and decreases our eating ourselves up inside. Even the smell of the forest reduces blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone production; and increases the production of natural killer cell (NK cells) which combat infections and tumour cell activity (Lee et al).
It’s not really a surprise that being outside and caring for Nature is, well, our natural state of well-being.
It’s where our happiness lies and thereby, the name of this heaviness losing regime is – The Happiness Diet.
Because what’s good for the planet and all the beings we share it with is also good for you. Of course it is.
Truly thrive. Feel more alive.
Use less. Care more.
And when you shine with lightness and people ask, “What’s your secret?”, please, please, please – tell them!
For this is a secret that could truly change the world.
Wishing you health, happiness, and WILD adventure in 2015 and beyond.
J. Lee, Q. Li, L. Tyrväinen et al., “Nature therapy and preventive medicine,” in Public Health-Social and Behavioral Health, J. Maddock, Ed., chapter 16, pp. 325–350, Intech, Rijeka, Croatia, 2012.