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It amazes me when I visit home owners engaging in the meticulous care of their properties changing the shape of the landscape, building fences and boundaries, planting gorgeous flowers, gardens, and weed-free grass. It all seems to bear witness to a creative instinct that has been with us for a long time and serves to connect us to our origins, provide relaxation and exercise, and facilitate business by augmenting resale value.

My friend Linda recently purchased a brick bungalow in Niagara Falls, and she's busy making changes that enhance the property's appearance while connecting with her new surroundings. Being close to one's yard of fertile ground and living things strikes me as a need so often depraved by barren, treeless inner cities. Elizabeth Lines, a health promotion consultant extols growing evidence that viewing and being in nature have the potential to reduce stress levels and enhance mental well-being while promoting emotions “ relating to safety and survival.” Studies show that involvement with nature improves attention and creates a therapeutic environment for dementia care. Obviously, it's an ongoing challenge to extend green spaces in communities such as Niagara to include specified public areas that provide beauty and stress relieving activity for quality of life experiences.

Consider the nature of the exercise and the mental activity associated with tending a garden. Bending, kneeling, crouching, lifting, digging fall into a range of movements embedded in our genes and performed in the fresh outdoor air. I spent an hour or so digging the driveway and leveling areas to accommodate fitting the stones and the borders around the rose bushes we planted. I couldn't remember the last time I dug in the ground, but something about this drew me into the experience with satisfying outcomes. The texture of the earth in my hand and the smell of the soil were invigorating. During the first session I had to rest frequently, but when I returned a week later I was surprised at the ease and strength I felt completing the arranging and cementing.

Not only do natural settings have a striking influence on our moods, but we might also appreciate value and respect for a well-kept property that is passed down through generations or resold. Elements of tidiness and greenery are signs of good farming practices revealing the viability of the land to buyers as well as the personalities of its owners. An agent who represents an estate earmarked for cultivation has the advantage of meeting up with investors who have a pretty good idea what they're looking for.

Linda was quite happy with the work, and it occurred to me that involvement with nature's growing things could well fit a doctor's prescription for mental health, exercise and good fortune.©

Instinct Treated

Date

August 15, 2017

Author

James Kershaw

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Jim Kershaw says

July 31, 2017

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
- Frank Lloyd Wright (Brainy Quote)

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