About Sandi Schwartz: She is an author; freelance journalist specializing in parenting, wellness, and environmental issues; and freelance editor/proofreader. She is an expert in simplifying science to educate others on challenging topics that affect our lives.
Her articles have been featured in publications including Scary Mommy, Motherly, Very Well Family, Environment Defense Fund’s Moms Clean Air Force, The Week, Green Child Magazine, One Green Planet, Your Teen, Urban Mommies, and over 70 regional parenting magazines like NY Parenting, Washington Family, Georgia Family, and Connecticut Parent. In addition, her essay “How My Love For Science Shook Me Out of My Comfort Zone” is featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s new title Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Empowered Woman: 101 Stories about Being Confident, Courageous and Your True Self.
In this episode, Adam and Sandi discuss:
- Taking a nature break
- Laughter, mindfulness, and nature
- Nature is worth protecting
- Everyone needs a “nature break”, especially today’s children who are stuck in front of a screen all day. Take a breath of fresh air and see just how profound the natural world is.
- We all have an intrinsic understanding that laughter makes us happy and an innate feeling that being in nature is good to reduce stress – these are all truths that are backed up by science, and everybody, especially kids, need laughter, nature, and mindfulness.
- Nature is worth protecting, being in nature or near it makes us happier, makes us feel less stressed and feel generally better. We have a deep, existential relationship with nature and our lives will be better spent in it and worse without it.
“We all benefit from laughter, mindfulness, and nature in the same ways.” — Sandi Schwartz
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