Alert
Close

Take AARP’s Smart Driver course and you could save money on your car insurance. Learn more

HIGHLIGHTS

Open

AUTO BUYING PROGRAM

AARP Auto Buying Program

DRIVER SAFETY

Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!

Contests and
Sweeps

Safe Driving in 2014 Sweepstakes

Learn how AARP Driver Safety can help you stay safe—and enter for a chance to win $1,000. See official rules. 

Download the ipad App

AARP-iPad-ePub-app

KEEP BRAIN ACTIVE!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Learning centers

Get smart strategies for managing health conditions.

 

Arthritis

Heart Disease

Diabetes

Most Popular

Viewed

6 Ways to Feel Happier, Be Healthier

How a positive attitude really can make a difference

Picnics at national parks, like White Sands, New Mexico are good way to boost your mood and your self-esteem.

White Sands National Monument in New Mexico is a great place to visit to gain the health benefits of the great outdoors. — Nadav Kaner/Gallery Stock

4. Get Back to Nature

Head for the great outdoors to boost your mood and your self-esteem. Researchers at the University of Essex in England found that people who participated in outdoor activities were significantly less angry, depressed and tense.

"We evolved in the natural world, and it remains an integral part of our health and well-being," says Yale University social ecologist Stephen Kellert.

Natural settings stimulate the mind. "Exposure to the outdoors facilitates our ability to concentrate, helps memory and restores us," Kellert explains.

Physical exercise and increased stamina associated with being outdoors yield important benefits as people become more sedentary with age. Walking, gardening, fishing, boating and cycling all count. Don't fret if you're not near a mountain range or the ocean. Your own backyard, a local park, a nearby botanic garden or a green oasis in the middle of town will do just fine.

To take advantage of what nature has to offer, choose a specific destination for an outing and make it part of everyday life.

Next: Happiness Tip No. 5: Lend a hand. >>

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Sears

Members save up to 60% on eye exams and 30% on glasses at Sears Optical.

membership schwanns discount

Members get double Schwan's rewards on all online orders from Schwan's Home Service™.

Prescription medication spilling out of bottle

Members get a free Rx discount card from AARP® Prescription Discounts provided by Catamaran.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.