November 11th, 2016

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Type in "nature quotes" on Pinterest. Immediately a plethora of inspiring and motivational quotes about the outdoors pop up. Keep scrolling and you might feel the slightest stirrings to get up from your desk and have your lunch outside, take a walk or even plan a whitewater rafting trip in Grand Canyon. We mention this exercise to show you the psychological effects that nature can have on human beings and how YOU can benefit from the great outdoors.

Courtesy of R. Taylor

Courtesy of R. Taylor

As media outlets have highlighted in recent years, human beings tend to have an innate love of nature. Currently there is a hypothesis being discussed and researched in various psychological circles relating to humans natural predisposition to loving nature. The concept of biophilia embraces the belief that "humans have an inherent inclination to affiliate with Nature"¹. As our metropolitan areas continue to grow and technology takes an ever growing hold on our daily lives educating ourselves as to the benefits that the great outdoors provide becomes increasingly important.

The average American (or Canadian or German etc.) spends much of their time entrenched in the bump and grind of daily life. Many of us live and work inside and don’t have much opportunity to step outside amongst the trees and plants and fresh air. According to recent studies, "contact with Nature has been reported to have psychological benefits by reducing stress, improving attention, by having a positive effect on mental restoration, and by coping with attention deficits"¹. Apparently putting effort into paying attention does not provide us with very many physical or mental benefits (aside from finishing work and getting paid). Studies have shown that "directed attention fatigues people through overuse. If you can find an environment where the attention is automatic, you allow directed attention to rest. And that means an environment that’s strong on fascination"². What environment delivers more fascination than Grand Canyon?

Our whitewater rafting trips through Grand Canyon provide our guests with the perfect escape while helping them improve their concentration capabilities. Most will find it nearly impossible to expend effort focusing on the adventures that lie before them. Towering cliff walls, warm red rocks and epic whitewater rapids effortlessly hold our guest’s attention while in the meantime starts their adrenaline pumping. In fact some research has shown that, "people on wilderness excursions report feeling more alive and that just recalling outdoor experiences increases feelings of happiness and health"³.

Now I don’t know about you but if these scientists and psychologists tell us we need a whitewater rafting vacation to help stimulate the mind, then we are going to take that seriously. All joking aside, though, we encourage our guests, friends and families to get up and go outside.

Courtesy of R. Taylor

Courtesy of R. Taylor

PLAY.EXPLORE.DO.

Hatch River Expeditions urges and supports our guest’s efforts to go be in nature, wherever that may be. And please enjoy!

References:

  1. Grinde, B. Patil, G.G. Biophilia: Does Visual Contact with Nature Impact on Health and Well-Being? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 31 Aug 2009 Web. 1 Aug. 2013. Click here for reference.
  1. Clay, R. Green is Good For You. Monitor on Psychology, Apr 2001. Web. 1 Aug. 2013. Click here for reference.
  1. University of Rochester. “Spending time in nature makes people feel more alive, study shows.” ScienceDaily, 4 Jun. 2010. Web. 1 Aug. 2013. Click here for reference.

Whitewater Rafting and Biophilia: Why You Should Get Back in Touch with Nature was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by admin

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