Get out–really. Connect with nature for greater well-being:

NYC’s Central Park: One of my favorite places on earth

By Karen Hendricks

When your mother told you to “Go play outside,” she may have been laying the groundwork for a lifelong healthy habit.

A recent study, reported by The Los Angeles Times, found that people who came into contact with nature, even in urban environments, boosted their well-being.

It’s considered landmark work because it measured how nature within a built environment can affect mental well-being–for the first time. Since more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and numerous studies point to a link between city dwelling and higher risk of mental health issues, the authors say their work could help city planners incorporate more natural features.

The study, published in the journal Biosciencefound that people were more likely to report higher states of well-being when they were outdoors, seeing trees, hearing birds singing, seeing the sky and feeling in contact with nature. 

The positive effects on well-being of seeing trees and seeing the sky lasted for more than two hours. Additionally, when people answered “yes” to the question “Do you feel in contact with nature?” researchers measured a statistical effect on mental well-being that lasted nearly five hours.

It’s a timely topic: Today is National Arbor Day, on the heels of Earth Day, as most of the country (finally) begins to feel and see the effects of spring.

Three of my published articles in April focused on nature and the great outdoors. Perhaps the implications of enjoying nature go much deeper into our health and well-being than we realize! 

Through It All: In springtime, the thru-hikers take to the A.T., TheBurg, April 2018

20 Ways to Go Wild in Central PA: Discover adventure at any age in local nature centers, wildlife sanctuaries and moreSusquehanna Style, April 2018

25 Hot Spots to Dine Out(doors)Susquehanna Style, April 2018


Source: Nature boosts your mental health, LA Times


5 Ways NYC Inspires Writers, Marketers, PR Pros


Rose sculpture and city reflection, MoMA

By Karen Hendricks

What does the phrase “recharging my batteries” mean to you? I’d describe it as:

  • Needing a boost of energy; a fresh perspective
  • Seeking a change of scenery; a change of pace
  • Feeling the need to “get out of a rut”
  • Breaking free of schedules, calendars, or commitments
  • De-stressing

Visiting New York City always always recharges my batteries and leaves me energized, ready to tackle projects anew. During a recent visit to the Big Apple, I noted the top 5 ways that I believe NYC inspires those of us in the creative fields of writing, marketing or public relations: Continue reading