In a recent study, mother-daughter pairs took a 20-minute walk in the mall or a walk in an arboretum, and afterward researchers observed how they interacted and tested their attention. After the nature walks, the pairs showed more closeness, had more positive interactions, and got along better compared with after-the-mall walks. Nature was better at restoring their attention, too. Even if you don’t realize it, you may be absorbing a lot of stimuli and stress in indoor environments. The sights and sounds of nature, on the other hand, tend to have a calming effect. So gather your family, bundle up if it’s cold, and head outdoors for a stroll (teens too – and no phones!). Walking with your child, spouse, or the whole family is a great ritual following dinner or on weekend mornings, or whenever things start to feel tense or claustrophobic.
Source: A Walk in the Mall or Park? For Moms and Daughters, a Stroll in the Park is Best
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