Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction. What you see, hearing and experience at any moment not only effects our mood,but our nervous, endocrine, and immune system. In a study cited in the Healing Gardens, researchers found that more than 2/3 of the population are susceptible to choosing a more natural setting to relieve stress. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, but contributes to your physical well being, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. In addition, nature aides us with the cope with pain. Because we are genetically programmed to seek out natural elements such as,trees, plants, and water, we are absorbed by our environments which has been known to distract us from our pain and discomfort. Nature deficit disorder is the result when human beings are spending less time outdoors which can manifest to a wide range of behavioral problems that have been known to lead to depression, especially in children. Those of you who spend too much time in front of the TV or stare unconsciously at a computer screen are taking away from the time that can be spent outside; Laziness is not the answer my friend! Lack of activity whether physical or not can have a huge impact on your health. So I encourage you all to get up and get out! Simple activities such as walking to the mailbox or just relaxing on the porch with a paper in hand can make a huge impact to your health. Surrounding yourself with a more natural cozy environment can really do you justice with your stress and anxiety.