The value of doing nothing

If you were born before 1985, you likely spent many screen-free hours of your childhood sitting in the upper branches of a good climbing tree, lying in a patch of cool summer grass, rounding up fireflies, watching clouds drift by, or getting just the right wind speed on a paper airplane. To the casual observer, you weren’t doing much – maybe nothing at all. But actually… you were accomplishing something great – even necessary – to all human beings. In that nothing-ness, you were allowing yourself periods of uninterrupted, unregulated thought. That blank canvas is exactly where personal growth, insight, and creativity emerge. For children, that’s where they decide how they view the world, how

The value of doing nothing

If you were born before 1985, you likely spent many screen-free hours of your childhood sitting in the upper branches of a good climbing tree, lying in a patch of cool summer grass, rounding up fireflies, watching clouds drift by, or getting just the right wind speed on a paper airplane. To the casual observer, you weren’t doing much – maybe nothing at all. But actually… you were accomplishing something great – even necessary – to all human beings. In that nothing-ness, you were allowing yourself periods of uninterrupted, unregulated thought. That blank canvas is exactly where personal growth, insight, and creativity emerge. For children, that’s where they decide how they view the world, how

Go outside and play!

“Go outside and play!” This commanding piece of wisdom from our mothers (and generations of mothers before them) applies now more than ever. What would your great grandma have made of a smart phone? What would she have said about a world that prioritizes tweeting teens instead of tweeting birds? Probably: “Put that thing down and go get some fresh air.” As it turns out, grandma has a lot of research behind her. Countless studies over the last decade have revealed that spending time in nature – even for a little while – can be medicine for the mind and body, can shape the way our brains grow and function, and can deeply (and positively) affect our happiness. In the Journal of Environment an

Go outside and play!

“Go outside and play!” This commanding piece of wisdom from our mothers (and generations of mothers before them) applies now more than ever. What would your great grandma have made of a smart phone? What would she have said about a world that prioritizes tweeting teens instead of tweeting birds? Probably: “Put that thing down and go get some fresh air.” As it turns out, grandma has a lot of research behind her. Countless studies over the last decade have revealed that spending time in nature – even for a little while – can be medicine for the mind and body, can shape the way our brains grow and function, and can deeply (and positively) affect our happiness. In the Journal of Environment an

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