The Human-Animal Bond: It’s Good For Us!

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Animals, Nature |

Many of us are lucky enough to have an indescribable bond with an animal. Growing up, a dog or cat may have been our best friend or confidant. I had two dogs growing up, Ting-a-ling, and then Snowflake. They were truly part of our family. I have two dogs now, Posey and Doug. Posey is older now, and as a senior, she has presented new challenges, and has taught me about patience, being quiet, and unconditional love. Doug lives to play, and loves...

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The Mental Health Benefits of Spending Time in Nature

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Nature |

Whether I am sitting in a pasture, watching the animals of Doolittle Farm lazily graze, or riding my bicycle down a country road, I feel grateful for the natural beauty surrounding me. The fresh air. The big sky. The glowing sun. The birds singing. More and more, researchers are demonstrating the benefits of spending time in nature, from reducing stress, to feeling happier and more invigorated, to being more creative and optimistic. Here are a...

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