Benefits of Getting out into Nature Part 5 - Social Connection

Benefits of Getting out into Nature Part 5 - Social Connection

This is a multi-part series on the benefits of getting out into nature. Read it quick, then get outside and get some sun on your face! Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4


I read a study recently that said that heavy social media users were more likely to feel socially isolated and alone than casual users. As a parent of teenagers and as someone who can go down a social media rabbit hole with the best of them, I worry about the effects technology is having on me and my family and wonder how we can use it for good and yet overcome the negative aspects.

As I sat pondering this, I thought about all the friendships I've made and solidified on the trail.

Words begin flooding my mind -

  • conversation
  • trust
  • a common goal
  • shared experiences
  • teamwork
  • memories
  • happiness

Good things indeed come from getting outside, my friends. I can attest to the fact that hiking can be a fantastic way to build social and emotional connections with friends, family, and even strangers you meet on the trail. Next time you hit the trail, pull a chair up to the fire and soak in the conversation, be in the moment and enjoy the connections that come. 

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