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Sustainable Shepherdstown’s February Good Habits Challenge

By Staff | Feb 1, 2013

Some might think this is a weird time for this goal, but it’s important to get fresh air year round and connect with the natural world every day. The great thing about this month’s challenge is that it’s not a chore. It’s a gift to oneself:

Go outside for at least a half hour every day

The biophilia hypothesis states that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. It’s important to nurture that connection. The best way to do that is to go outside.

Give time to connect with the natural surroundings. It will sharpen one’s mind and senses.

Here are some thoughts on a (winter) walk:

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. -Henry David Thoreau

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. -John Muir

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. -Wallace Stevens

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. -John Muir

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