10 Reasons the Outdoors Makes Us Happy

We all love exploring the great outdoors during the autumn months. There has never been a better time to spend more time in nature and make the most of local parks, forests and beaches.

We have rounded up 10 reasons the outdoors make us happy. Here is why being outside is great for you and your little explorers.

1) It improves our mood

Being in nature reduces stress-related hormones and makes us happier and calmer. A morning walk (if you have time) or an evening stroll is always a great idea. Spending just 20 minutes outside every day will improve your well-being and make you feel more relaxed.

2) It improves focus

Taking a break and heading outdoors helps us restore our focus and makes us more productive. If you or your children are having a hard time focusing, going for a walk together will surely make you feel better and more productive.

3) It boosts vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for our bones and immune system, especially during childhood and we get most of it from sunlight exposure from around late March/early April to the end of September. This is why being outside is not only enjoyable but also important for our health.

4) It boosts our energy

Being outside is a great way to boost those energy levels. Running around in the open air will make the most sluggish days feel better but don’t worry, this effect will magically disappear by bedtime!

5) It brings us closer together

Spending time outside together is a great way to bond as a family. Research suggests that families who spend more time outdoors together are happier and have better relationships.

6) It keeps us away from the screen

We are all guilty of spending too much time on our phones, aren’t we? Being outside is a great alternative to screen time. Plan a family outdoor adventure or simply go for a longer walk if you can. Click here for more fun screen-free activities to enjoy with your children.

7) It is healthy

Being outside is not only a great way to spend a day, but it is also healthy and essential to our well-being and happiness. Being active lowers the risk of obesity and other lifestyle diseases and boosts our immune system.

8) New experiences

New smells, sounds and views always make children happy and can keep them inspired. Being outside helps build independence, freedom and their sense of discovery as they take leaps and test their abilities while learning about nature and its inhabitants.

9) It helps us get exercise

A simple walk is a great exercise and you don’t need any equipment to enjoy it. Encouraging children to walk from the earliest age promotes healthy growth while also introduces them to the enjoyment of regular physical exercise.

10) It improves our sleep

Spending more time outside and being active in nature can improve the quality of our sleep. When children are outdoors, they tend to move more and vigorous exercise helps them get a better night’s sleep. Natural light also helps reset our body clock and makes us feel more refreshed and rested in the morning, another great reason to take a morning walk with your little explorers.