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Pandemic makes us connect with nature -- Thomas Gibson

Pandemic makes us connect with nature -- Thomas Gibson

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One positive result of COVID-19 is that more people are outdoors and enjoying themselves in nature. I find my life has slowed down considerably, and therefore I am experiencing more pleasure. I am happy to observe the trees, birds, butterflies, people, clouds and the blue sky. I sing "What a Wonderful World" as I bike around town.

In general, I have more time for exercise: walking, biking, classes, day camps for children and services outdoors. I find that many people are gardening more -- the local suppliers of plants are sold out. Mental health experts say nature has a calming and positive effect on people’s psyches. Many people are more friendly.

Many Americans before COVID-19 were so sped up. They were missing the deeper connections possible with each other. A good conversation with a neighbor feels satisfying and pleasurable. The connection with nature is a vital, inherent need for all of us, as much as we need each other.

Thomas Gibson, DeForest

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