“Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature,” says Richard Ryan, lead author and a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. Research shows that nature helps not only physically but also mentally. People have more energy, less stress, more creativity and just feel better overall! There are also studies on how nature is important for children’s development. “This study shows that there really may be a connection between kids’ experiences in nature and their later life attitudes and behaviors,” Nancy M. Wells, PhD, a Cornell University environmental psychologist, says. How do we do that if we live in an apartment in a big city? There are parks which is beneficial but it’s also gratifying if we can open the doors and let the nature in. It’s pleasing to open windows and not smell exhaust. Stepping out to a landscaped space, even while living in a concrete jungle, is very inspiring. Having a balcony like one below would be a great area for the entire family to unwind. As research proves, it’s good for the soul! In general, does greenery inspire you?