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Whenever life gets stressful, we look for ways to decompress, relax, and find our balance again. This is usually hard to do in the hustle and bustle of the city. Whenever people need to relax and unwind, they often do their best to head out of the metro and get closer to nature.
Whenever we are closer to nature, we feel better. Whether it’s the sun on our skin or the delightful smell of saltwater, nature heals. And it’s this healing that helps us recharge and armed ready to face our daily lives.
Why Nature is Good for Us
If you find that you are happier and more relaxed in nature, it’s might not just be your conscious preference but your body’s, too. Many people find that being near grass, sun, and trees makes them happier than being in the urban jungle. Research has shown that just being in nature makes us happier and healthier.
A Japanese study even looked closely to see if a common practice in Japan known as forest bathing had positive effects on the body. They took several participants and placed half of them in the woods and the other half in the city. When the first day was done, the participants switched.
At the end of the experiment, they found out that those who spent time in the forests had lower blood pressure, lower pulse, and lower concentrations of cortisol in their systems. Those participants were also less stressed than those in the urban environment.
Aside from removing negative stress from our bodies, nature also boosts our immune systems. A research has found that chemicals released by plants, named phytoncides (or essential oils from wood), help naturally strengthen the body’s immune system. When humans breathe these plant chemicals in, their white blood cell count increases making the immune system stronger and more ready to combat illnesses.
Finally, spending time outdoors makes us more creative and intuitive. This could potentially be from being forced to finally step away from our gadgets and think. A study showed that people who spent time in nature and away from their devices showed as much as a 50 percent increase in creativity, focus, and problem-solving abilities.
However, most people don’t need science to convince them that nature is good for the soul. If you have ever seen children running around a park or swimming at the beach, you’ll see firsthand the effects of nature yourself. Being in our natural environment rejuvenates our souls and makes us feel more at peace.
Nature Brings Us Back to Ourselves
At its very core, nature brings us closer to ourselves. Some of the benefits of being surrounded by nature may stem from the fact that we are more physically engaged when we are outside. Instead of just sitting in chairs and facing computer screens day in and day out, we are walking, moving, and enjoying the great outdoors.
This is something we all need to do more often. Regular life has made everyone so sedentary–either stuck in offices or at home facing computer screens or mobile phones. Being in nature reminds us that we weren’t meant to be sitting all day, but rather to be walking, moving, and interacting.
However, more physical activity isn’t the only benefit of being outside. Being nearer to nature also brings us back to our truest self. Humans should not be enveloped in concrete and steel all our whole lives. We are living, breathing organisms and we need to be around living organisms as well. This is why, we feel happy and connected when we are surrounded by trees, flowers, and fresh air.
Nature, in the most basic and purest sense, reminds us of what is essential in our lives. As the seasons change, we are reminded of the natural cycles of life which we will all experience. Nature also teaches us that it can provide nourishment and let us flourish or in a snap, take away lives with impunity.
Nature is a place of peace and tranquility. It’s a great reminder to us about where we come from and where we will inevitably end up. This should serve as a lesson to all of us that we are not superior to nature, but rather that we should be one with nature.
Here are 90 beautiful quotes about nature:
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space…Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’” – Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
“The sunlight claps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea: what are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me?” – Percy Bysshe Shelley
“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.” – Brian Jacques, Taggerung
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” – Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard’s Egg
“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” – William Shakespeare
“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” – Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.” – Aldo Leopold
“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” –Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
“He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.” – Jack London, The Call of the Wild
“If I were a tree, I would have no reason to love a human.” – Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys
“Going to the woods is going home.” – John Muir
“Not just beautiful, though – the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.” – Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
“’Is the spring coming?’ he said. ‘What is it like?’… ‘It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…’” – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
“The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t.” – Christopher Paolini, Eragon
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature‘s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir, The Mountains of California
“The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars, life is your child, but there is in me
Older and harder than life and more impartial, the eye that watched before there was an ocean.” – Robinson Jeffers
“The poetry of the earth is never dead.” – John Keats
“We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us; and it is in the unclouded night-sky, where His worlds wheel their silent course, that we read clearest His infinitude, His omnipotence, His omnipresence.” – Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic – the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.” – Charles de Lint
“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.” – Susan Polis Schutz
“If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love you very much.” – Mary Oliver, Swan: Poems and Prose Poems
“The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” – John Muir
“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” – Ingrid Bergman
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” – John Donne, The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose
“Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.” – Gretel Ehrlich
“Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow…In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.” – John Lennon
“We kill all the caterpillars, then complain there are no butterflies.” – John Marsden, The Dead of Night
“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” – Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species
“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature and Selected Essays
“Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it.” – Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality
“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” – E. B. White, Letters of E. B. White
“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” – Emma Goldman
“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.” – John Muir
“The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.” – Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.” – Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
“Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” – Amit Ray, Meditation
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock, The Use Of Life
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks
“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” – Frank Lloyd Wright, Truth Against the World
“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” – Chad Sugg
“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” – Jo Walton
“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke’s Book of Hours
“We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world.” – Wendell Berry, The Long-Legged House
“I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.” – Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
“I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy.” – Willa Cather, My Ántonia
“Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mother’s face.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Does anything in nature despair except man?…Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.” – May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude
“Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.” – Thomas Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley – Volume 1
“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed… We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.” – Wallace Stegner, The Sound of Mountain Water
“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.” – Sylvia Plath
“All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.” – Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
“And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth’s shore.” – Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road
“Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art.” – Louisa May Alcott, A Long Fatal Love Chase
“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter…to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” – John Burroughs, Leaf and Tendril
“The glitter in the sky looks as if I could scoop it all up in my hands and let the stars swirl and touch one another but they are so distant so very far apart that they cannot feel the warmth of each other even though they are made of burning.” – Beth Revis, Across the Universe
“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” – Jacques-Yves Cousteau
“Life in these hidden worlds is more startling in reality than anything we can imagine. How could this earth of ours, which is only a speck in the heavens, have so much variety of life, so many curious and exciting creatures?” – Walt Disney
“Trees’re always a relief, after people.” – David Mitchell, Black Swan Green
“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.” – Andy Warhol
“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.” – Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder
“We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to set foot in it. We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope; without it the life of the cities would drive all men into crime or drugs or psychoanalysis.” – Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
“And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.” – John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
“They change their sky, not their soul, who rush across the sea.” – Horace, The Odes of Horace
“At one time in the world there were woods that no one owned.” – Cormac McCarthy, Child of God
“Perhaps fantasy is what you fill up maps with rather than saying that they too contain the unknown.” – Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.” – Max Planck, Where is Science Going?
“It’s the idea that people living close to nature tend to be noble. It’s seeing all those sunsets that does it.” – Daniel Quinn, Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
“Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind. Their language has been lost. But not the gestures.” – Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration