The outdoors boosts your immune system.

Breathing in phytoncides—airborne chemicals produced by plants—increases white blood cell levels, helping us fight off infections and diseases.

The outdoors enhances creativity.

Backpackers scored 50 percent higher on creativity tests after spending a few days in the wild without electronics.

The outdoors makes us better people.

According to psychologists, exposure to nature helps us shrug off societal pressures, allowing us to remember and value more important things like relationships, sharing, and community.