Get outdoors to stay healthy, happy, and hopeful.

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As Paulo Coelho says, “It’s the simple things in life that are most extraordinary.” And that’s what nature is for you. It gives you spectacular gifts. Open a door, walk outside, and soak up nature. It’s incredible to discover how many great beautiful gifts we receive when we take an excursion in the natural state. You can receive these gifts merely by taking a walk or as grand as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

What are nature’s gifts?


Nature charges life with satisfaction.

Spending just 20 minutes in a park setting can give you a 64% rise in satisfaction in living. You don’t even need to do extreme physical activities to boost your satisfaction level. Just get outdoors and soak up the benefits.

Nature is one of the best sources of happiness.


Florence Williams, a National Geographic author, tracked her happiness throughout one-year. She spent time with friends, vacationing, and listening to music, but found that time outdoors made her super happy. Just taking a walk in the woods gives you a higher emotional state.

Nature is a magic pill to bring calm


Nature is a magic pill since it relieves stress, anxiety, and depression. Many studies found that walking in a green environment lowers the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is vital for optimal mental and physical health and a mass of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, memory, concentration problems, and sleep disorders.

Nature inspires creativity

Creativity bubbles up when you unplug from all media and technology to take in the joys of nature.


Reward Yourself. Take outdoor vacations.

If you want to reward yourself with a lasting gift, why not plan vacations that give you an active outdoor adventure and take a hike.

Here are three top selections for Walks and Hiking Tours.

The Great Smoky Mountains, long regarded as the ancestral homeland of the Cherokee Indians, are packed with natural diversity and pioneer history.


Quebec, Canada’s walking tour, moves throughout this northern wonderland.

Cinque Terre, Italy, offers walking throughs a spectacular coastal path with the Mediterranean on one side, mountains on the other,  and Italian fishing villages.

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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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