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Feels so Good in Nature, Feels so Great in Mont-rebei

By Bryan | Published: 9th Jan, 2020






Notice how you feel good and happier out there if you spend time in nature. Why so?

Well, our need for nature is more than just a good feeling. It's in our DNA. I always think we’re genetically programmed to find trees, rocks, water, wind, and other natural elements.

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One of the better-known concept called the biophilia suggests that humans have the innate tendency to seek connection with nature. An American naturalist and writer Edward O. Wilson coined the term biophilia in his book Biophilia (1984) as "the urge to affiliate with other forms of life". Likewise, numerous studies suggest that being in nature reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings.

I find this true whenever I do hiking, climb the mountains or take a stroll into the forests and by the river.

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Last summer, we took a long hike to the spectacular Mont-rebei gorge or Congost de Mont-rebei at the border between the provinces of Lleida in Catalonia and Huesca in Aragon — undoubtedly one of the most spectacular landscapes in all of Catalonia.

Congost de Mont-rebei has all the elements of nature from its impressive rock walls, lush vegetation, and serene river gorge. I can still picture myself there. Time seems to slow down. Nature seems to restore my focus and energy depleted from stressful and noisy city life.

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There is a lot of explanation of why we find inner comfort and happiness in the natural world. Whether you call it biophilia, mother nature or the great mystery, nature has its divine power that heals, restores and helps you connect back to yourself.

And human exposure to nature has never been more important than it is today.

3 Comments

  • Amanda
    I have always wanted to go to Mont-rebei but because of my busy schedule, I find it hard to travel anywhere. I made it a goal of mine for 2020 to get out there and get back in touch with nature more. I am hoping this will be the year I go.
  • Bryan
    You have the right motivation there, I can sense. I'm rooting for your next nature travel — and there's no better time to do it than now.
  • Jason M.
    I remember my grandfather always being outdoors and on the go when I was younger. He was always a happy guy. He spent a lot of time fishing, in his garden, riding his bike… He was active as he could be. He once told me I sit too much at the computer and I will start to regret it as I get older. He was right. I know being more active is better for your health but you are right, there is something to being in nature that we, as humans desire. I am going to make sure I get out more soon as it warms up.
  • Bryan
    That's a very personal story and thanks for sharing, Jason. Our old folks are always right (at least for most of us). What your grandfather told you about sitting too much in front of your PC and regretting it as we grow old — quite true. I easily get caught up online plus working in front of your screen for hours, it's just overwhelmingly stressful. Taking a simple walk and nature trips like this brings me back to myself as human and happy as I should be.
  • lon
    These are some incredible pictures.
  • Bryan
    Salamat, lon. I'm glad you like them.


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Hi, I'm Bryan — a Filipino traveler. Fan of nature, science and good food. The silent sam on the couch. An Apple buff. I was born in the Philippines and now a resident of Barcelona, Spain. Most of the time, traveling solo. Advocate for cheap escapades. Backpacker. Yep, Filipinos do backpacking!
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