There is something magical about being amidst nature. The comforting smell of fresh air, the vastness of the blue sky, the sight of yellow mangoes against dark green foliage, the music of a gurgling brook and the pregnant silence of deep dark jungles–all of them seem to cast their magic on us, temporarily fixing everything that is wrong with our world.
A plethora of field studies and researches have already made it amply clear that spending time with nature cures anxiety, stress and general depression associated with the drudgery of daily life. But while we are well-versed with the fact that trees and plants are crucial to our existence–they exhale oxygen and suck in carbon dioxide–we conveniently forget the small pleasures and elixirs of life that nature bestows on us, free of cost.
Take a walk with some of the most brilliant gifts of nature that cannot be replicated.
A long dry spell broken by the first rain emanates a scent like no other. Called petrichor–which is also the enticing smell after a storm–it evokes euphoria in every person who experiences it. How often have we thought of bottling up that gorgeous smell to keep forever? Alas, it can’t be done.
Walking on grass
Walking barefoot on grass, sand or soil is one of the greatest pleasures of being alive. While there are innumerable health benefits of walking on fresh, dewy grass, people have been doing it for the simple pleasure of it.
In the wild, time stands still. The feeling of standing on a mountain top, by river side or in front of an ocean is divine.