Stand by your nearest window. Can you see any birds? Robins broadcasting their sweet tunes welcoming the first signs of spring? Blackbirds pecking for worms in the ground? Gulls soaring through the sky overhead? Delight in whatever you see, not only because birds are wonderful, but also because…the science says it’s good for you!
New research published this February 2017 in the journal BioScience, shows that watching and experiencing birds around our homes is great for our mental health and well-being – even if we don’t know their names. People who spent time watching birds around their homes showed lower prevalence of depression, anxiety, and stress. Yet more evidence that connecting with birds – i.e. mindful birdwatching – is good for our well-being. For more information about this great research click here.
Of course… this is also very timely… with my new book, “The Art of Mindful Birdwatching” – coming out in June 2017! And with spring around the corner… open your eyes and ears!