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Staying Plugged in to the OutDoors

always rainy in seattleDid you know that some time spent outside breathing that natural air and getting some bright sunlight into your eyes can have a positive effect on your health? It’s true. Consider that vitamin D is an essential part of your body chemistry, and is associated with your mood. Consider also that people living in places where there is a ton of rain, like Seattle, the level of suicide is greater there. Coincidence? I think not! People go months without getting outside for meaningful time spent in the great outdoors, or even seeing the sun since it’s covered by rain clouds so much. This is definitely my case, I used to live there and felt myself getting depressed as we went in to month 3 without sun. It was rainy, cold and miserable, to the point we couldn’t go outside to experience the sun. What a bummer it was, and when the family moved east to a city where there is more sunshine, and plenty to do outdoors all year around, my mood shifted miraculously.

More outdoors means more life, more passion, and more reminders that you’re part of a planet that is benevolent to you. What a great sense of belonging, but it’s only experienced by actually getting out there. So do yourself a favor and get outside, and find ways to bring the outdoors inside. Plants, other products and ideas can help you have a better connection with the greater planet we live on. Stay tuned for some greatness!

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