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This Japanese practice could transform your day and make you feel better
March 5, 2016 | By Nicole Frehsée
Japanese researchers have found that leaving the civilized world behind for a few hours could be the healthiest thing you do all day. Last July Rebecca Valentine was feeling the way we all have at some point: overworked, dog-tired and a bit panicky. She had just quit her job as a community outreach coordinator to strike out on her own and open a souvenir shop in her hometown of Santa Rosa, California. "I knew I'd made the right move, but I was still freaked out about starting my own business," she recalls. So when a friend asked her to join him on a guided three-hour walk in a nearby forest, she agreed, thinking she could use the distraction. This wasn't just any hike in the woods, however -- Valentine was taking part in a practice called shinrin-yoku, which translates as "forest bathing," or luxuriating in the woods. "We really focused on what we were seeing, hearing and smelling," says Valentine, 51. "It helped keep my mind off work."... Read the full article courtesy of By Nicole Frehsée