Are You a Biophiliac?

Millions of Americans will tell you they’re biophiliacs, and they’re proud of it. I’m a biophiliac. Chances are pretty good that you are, too!

What’s a biophiliac?

Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward Wilson coined the term to describe, “the connection human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.”

That means we have a deep need to interact with nature. We do it because it feels good. And lots of studies show it makes us happier and healthier when we connect with our natural world. Did you know that hospital patients with rooms that face trees heal faster than those who don’t?

For me, biophilia means spending time at the ocean. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m an ocean-junkie! Just being next to the sea—smelling the salt air and listening to the waves crashing on the shore—always leaves me instantly relaxed, centered and at peace.

How can YOU connect with nature this week? Here are a few ideas:

  • Sit in your garden
  • Put a plant on your desk
  • Play with your dog
  • Walk in the woods
  • Go to a park for lunch

If you can’t get away just yet, check out this video of my favorite beach in Malibu. I recorded it on my iPhone so I can watch it whenever I want a dose of the soothing sights and sounds of the sea.

At just a little over a minute, it’s the perfect biophiliac-break (and next time, I’ll even hold my camera the other way!).

Darlene's Favorite Beach Break
Darlene’s Favorite Beach Break