When my kids are in a bad mood, or just acting particularly crazy, I shoo them out into the backyard. When they spend time outdoors and in nature, it helps reset their mood.
Plus, spending time in nature can also lead to happiness as adults.
Just in case you needed extra evidence, other than personal experience, there was actually a massive study that proved this. (You can read the full study here).
Does Spending Time Outside REALLY Make Use Happier?
The study followed almost one million people over three decades. Their findings? Kids who grew up with little green space were at higher risk of having mental health issues or disorders.
Kids who had green space, on the other hand, experienced less stress, felt calmer, and better sleep patterns. This was especially true when kids were exposed more to nature. In other words, not just the occasional jaunt outside.
What About Green Space…Is That Enough?
Green space is more than just forest and wilderness areas. In cities, it can be your local park. Urban green spaces count too. If there’s a garden or trees, that works too.
Liz SanFilippo Hall is a freelance writer/editor and work-at-home mama who writes about everything from food and travel to parenting, self care, and books. Some of her work can be found on CBSLocal.com and SelfSufficientKids.com. She also talks about all the ups and downs of parenting and life on her blog Oops & Daisies. .