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Time Outdoors Helps Kids Respect and Connect with Nature

Spending Time Outdoor

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  • Children who spent five to 10 hours a week outside developed a strong attachment to nature, a value that is important to both human development and well-being
  • Children who spent much time outdoors also experienced a wealth of positive emotions, including peacefulness, happiness, and a sense of belonging to the world
  • Parents of children with the strongest connections to nature also spent a lot of time outdoors during childhood, engaging in experiences that they believe helped to shape their adult lives and spirituality
  • Spending time outdoors is associated with better physical and mental health, and increased life satisfaction, in both children and adults

By Dr. Mercola

If you live in North America, the unusually long cold winter may have had you cooped up indoors for far too long. Now that the weather is finally feeling like spring and summer, you're probably thrilled to spend more time outdoors… and hopefully your kids are too.

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