The Real Happiness Projects Confirms: Nature Makes Us Happy!

You know that moment in the day when you’re exhausted and in dire need of a pick me up? Maybe you’re at work. Maybe you’re at home. Maybe you’re commuting from one place to another on public transit. Maybe you’ve had a bad day, or maybe you’re just feeling bored.

You decide to check out social media to distract you from life for a little while.

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Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/aiisha

People getting engaged. People announcing pregnancies, gender reveals, births. Someone’s looking for a recommendation for a veterinarian in your neighborhood. Someone else just got a promotion, while someone else just lost their job.

Politics, politics, politics.

Then you see what you came for: the perfect animal video.

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Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Kjersti

Whether you prefer something cute, cuddly, and adorable, like a baby orangutan learning how to orangutan or something more informative, like the discovery of a new species or a kickstarter for a conservation project, the internet has what you’re looking for.

You keep scrolling and you stumble upon an album a friend shared from their recent backpacking trip in Yellowstone. The images are lovely and calming and inspire a deep sense of wanderlust.

If these scenarios sound familiar, you’re definitely not alone. It turns out, there just might be a scientific reason why videos and images of nature–whether they be animals, landscapes, or even skyscapes–make us feel happy!

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Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/gudkovandrey

A recent study BBC Earth and the University of California, Berkeley suggests that watching nature documentaries actually increases our happiness!

Fortunately for us, they’re taking this idea a step further and have started the Real Happiness Project, an initiative designed to improve lives by helping connect more people to the natural world. Take a look at the video below to find out more about this awesome project!


L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.

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