Here are some possible ways to help improve your mood with nature:
  • Sit near a body of water, such as a river, stream, lake, or ocean.
  • Take time in a city park or other green, grassy area where it’s cool and calm.
  • Listen to birds, a purring cat, or lapping waves in person or on a CD.
  • Visualize yourself out in peaceful nature, even when you can’t be there.
  • Make time for something in nature each and every day.
There are many ways to harness the restorative power of nature, and people who do so find that they feel more at peace even when they aren’t in a nature setting. You can be one of those people. Think about the type of environment you like. Rugged mountains? The ocean? Something else? No matter what kind of scenery you most enjoy, you can find inner peace and harmony there.

A Good Mood is a Choice

You can choose to be in a good mood. Even when things fail to go your way, your mood is completely up to you. Every day, when you start to feel anxious or upset, think about something that makes you feel peaceful. Spend more time taking in the beauty of your natural surroundings. When you do, you’ll be storing in your mind a reservoir of relaxing memories that can be called upon at any time to restore that peaceful feeling.
As you visualize what makes you happy, you’ll be able to hear and see it in your mind’s eye. You may even believe you smell the ocean or the grass. You’ll feel more relaxed, and your good mood will stay with you instead of being lost in an ocean of hurry and busyness. No matter the worry, big or small, natural surroundings can help you improve your mood and stay peaceful.