“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. — John Muir”

Japan’s innovation and unique pop culture have drawn globetrotters and backpackers the world over. The “Land of the Rising Sun,” has introduced everything from leading-edge technology to pioneering the way businesses can get the most from employees.

And let’s not forget those glutinous little, powdered rice cakes known as mochi.

Ah, mochi.

But Japan has also been long admired for its dedication to pondering the mysteries of life. Many have turned to this country for ways to live more harmonious lives in a progressively faster and more uncertain world.

“black motor scooter beside gray steel fence” by Benjamin Hung on Unsplash

Shinrin-yoku” is a Japanese term that loosely translates to “taking in the forest atmosphere,” or “forest bathing.”

It turns out Japanese and South Korean researchers have compiled an impressive little batch of evidence backing up the health benefits of unwinding in the woods.

In fact, this type of “forest therapy” has been a cornerstone of Japanese health care and healing since the 1980s.

Here are just a few of the science-backed benefits of opting for nature rather than a touchscreen:

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Increase in energy levels
  • Deeper sleep
  • Improved mood
  • Quicker recovery from illness
  • Heightened focus
  • Clearer intuition

So, the next time you’re planning your week, carve out some time to be in nature. Make leaning into the connective power of nature a priority.

An afternoon ambling in the woods might be what you need to see the forest for the trees.

Nick is a teacher, writer, and filmmaker. His mission is to empower through stories and lessons learned. Visit Nick at NickMaccarone.com. .
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Nick is a teacher, writer, and filmmaker. His mission is to empower through stories and lessons learned. Visit Nick at NickMaccarone.com. .

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