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Natural Path To Happiness Gets Results
Sunbathe like the daisies - photo by Matt McGee
This June for the whole month, every day, everybody, everywhere, will be encouraged to enjoy nature on their doorstep, as well as the 'great outdoors'.

Inspiring 'Random Acts of Wildness', practical, fun and quirky ideas will connect people with the wild around them.

Meander along a river bank, dance in a downpour, record a wild ringtone, meditate in a meadow, or simply sip a glass of wine as the sun goes down and appreciate your garden.

People can spend a few minutes, or a few hours each day enjoying nature - how they do it is up to them.

And it's official - a daily dose of nature, even in bite size chunks, is good for you.

The impact of taking part in 30 Days Wild has been tracked by academics at the University of Derby. Their study found that people who did something 'wild' each day for a month, felt happier, healthier and more connected to nature.

From walking barefoot in the park to feeding garden birds, all sorts of activities proved positive for people - with added benefits for the natural world too.

Barefoot in the park - photo by Lee Haywood
Dr Miles Richardson, Director of Psychology, who led the study, said:

"The impact of 30 Days Wild adds to the compelling argument for bringing nature into our everyday lives. Two months after taking part in 30 Days Wild, there was a 30 per cent increase in the number of people who reported their health as excellent.

"Last year's results also show people's happiness continued to improve after 30 Days Wild ended, which illustrates its sustained impact. This is important as it is happiness and connecting with nature that influence improvements in health.

"Our study also shows that those who benefitted most were younger adults and those who weren't 'nature lovers'."

Yorkshire provides all kinds of opportunities to enjoy nature. You can often find pocket parks and urban oasis across towns and cities which are home to all manner of birds, butterflies, trees and wildlife ponds!

Enjoying nature - photo by Matthew Roberts
Jess Charlton from Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts said:

"Last year thousands of people carried out 1.8 million Random Acts of Wildness during 30 Days Wild across the UK. That's 1.8 million precious moments that brought people closer to nature and enhanced their lives.

"This year St Helen's Farm - the leading goats' milk dairy in the UK is kindly sponsoring 30 Days Wild here in Yorkshire so keep an eye out for what they have planned across June!"

Apply for a free 30 Days Wild pack, download the phone app or look online for those inspirational Random Acts of Wildness.

30 Days Wild packs include a packet of UK native wildflower seeds, activity sheets, a calendar to record adventures, stickers, and a poster.

Schools will get a large deck of 'Random Acts of Wildness' cards for inspiring ideas.

For more details visit www.ywt.org.uk/30DaysWild

Natural Path To Happiness Gets Results, 15th April 2017, 12:07 PM