Take time for Nature! It will do you good – this has been proven by researchers, but this week I decided to test it out for myself. I enjoyed both the Lyndale Gardens in Minneapolis and the Dodge Nature Center in West Saint Paul. Both have free admission ( donations are accepted at Dodge ) and both are simply beautiful in their own way. Lyndale Gardens are more pristine while the Dodge Nature Center has abundant wildlife. Both were reminders to slow down, and enjoy the peace and wonder of nature. Take a deep breath and focus on your senses: touch, smell, sight and hearing. As my research concluded, I agree that being in nature does elevate one’s mood. Nature provides moments of serenity in a fast paced world. While the weather is warm, and the sunshine is plentiful I hope you will give yourself the gift of time with nature. The connection is yours to enjoy!

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