Find out more: the benefits of connecting to nature
How much time have you spent inside this week? Did you notice the world around you? Do you remember what you saw or smelt or heard or tasted or touched?
We spend less and less time outside and more and more time inside - 90% of our time is spent indoors! And that's within boxes - homes, cars, offices, shopping centres, gyms, or we're in front of screens - TVs, computers and phones.
The Hello Nature Project wants to help remind you that you don't have to travel outside of the city to find nature, it's all around us, right here.
It's the trees on your way to work, it's looking up when you go outside at lunchtime, it's your breakfast on your front step on the weekend and it's our parks and gardens in the middle of the city.
It’s these daily connections to nature that can change a person – boosting your health, happiness and creativity and helping you become more connected to your community.
It's all backed up by research
"Research has found evidence that spending time in nature provides protections against a startling range of diseases, including depression, diabetes, obesity, ADHD, cardiovascular disease, cancer and many more." Science Daily, 16 September 2015
There’s a chorus of scientists and researchers singing the mental and physical benefits of spending time in nature.
Connecting to nature can even make us better people - more empathetic and with more meaningful relationships and stronger community ties.
Read all about it
- Immune system may be pathway between nature and good health - Science Daily, 16 September 2015
- How trees calm us down - The New Yorker, 23 July 2015
- Want to improve your health? Go live near trees - Washington Post, 9 July 2015
- How walking in nature changes the brain - The New York Times, 22 July 2015
- Everyday access to nature improves quality of life in older adults - Science Daily, 9 July 2015
- Stanford researchers find mental health prescription: nature - Stanford News, 30 June 2015
- Planet Ark's Needing Trees - The Nature of Happiness report - Planet Ark, 1 July 2015
- The cognitive benefits of interacting with nature - Psychological Science, December 2008
- Keep impulses in check by looking at nature - Scientific American, 18 December 2014
- Health benefits of nature, American Society of Landscape Architects