Findings on how nature improves our brains brings added legitimacy to the call for preserving natural spaces—both urban and wild—and for spending more time in nature in order to lead healthier, happier, and more creative lives. Nature makes you happier and less broodingI’ve always found that hiking in nature makes me feel happier, and of course decreased stress may be a big part of the reason why. One in Psychological Science found that the impact of nature on attention restoration is what accounted for improved scores on cognitive tests for the study participants. Though Strayer’s findings are preliminary, they are consistent with other people’s findings on the importance of nature to attention restoration and creativity. Nature makes you “feel more alive”With all of these benefits to being out in nature, it’s probably no surprise that something about nature makes us feel more alive and vital.