Jonah Lehrer on the Perils of Staying Inside | Head Case – WSJ.com

Another casualty of our modern lifestyle. While the emphasis is on children, the benefits of nature and being outside are more general. Quotes:

According to the latest research, untamed landscapes have a restorative effect, calming our frazzled nerves and refreshing the tired cortex. After a brief exposure to the outdoors, people are more creative, happier and better able to focus. If there were a pill that delivered these same results, we’d all be popping it. ….

Cities are here to stay; so are smartphones. What this research suggests, however, is that we need to make time to escape from everyone else, to explore those parts of the world that weren’t designed for us. It’s when we are lost in the wild that the mind is finally at home.

Jonah Lehrer on the Perils of Staying Inside | Head Case – WSJ.com.

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