Your Optimal Dose of Nature - Two Hours a Week

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors


Nature is good for us. By now, most of us recognize the link between better physical and mental health and time spent in nature. You'll find plenty of research about the topic. But, exactly how much time do we need to spend in natural surroundings to reap the full benefits?  


New research finds we need to be in it for around two hours a week. The study, led by the University of Exeter, and published in Scientific Reports, found that people who spend at least 120 minutes in nature are significantly more likely to report good health and higher psychological well-being than those who don't visit nature at all during an average week. 


Unfortunately, spending less than two hours a week nets the same results as spending zero time in nature. Apparently, the two hour threshold was consistent across all sample groups too, regardless of age, gender, living location, social class, longterm illness, or disability. "You don't have to be running around a park, sitting on a bench will do," says researcher Mathew White. 


The weekly dose doesn't have to come in one single visit either, it can be the culmination of several shorter visits. Further, the majority of nature visits in the research took place within two miles of home. Even a visit to a local urban green space seems to be a good thing. Therefore, it's attainable for most of us. 


Our real estate specialty, ViewHomes of Clark County, was born out of this concept. Homes surrounded by nature feed your soul and improve your health and well-being. It's easy to get your weekly dose of nature when you live in it. Time spent in the garden, chopping wood, or sitting on the deck under towering evergreens - it all adds up. 

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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.






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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Alignment creates magic, and I love observing it, and practicing it.  It is the secret ingredient that makes life a joy.  A

Jan 13, 2020 08:58 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Short and powerful post. It re-emphasizes your brand and the important part nature plays in our well-being! 

Jan 13, 2020 09:26 AM #8
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debb,
I feel so fortunate to live so close to nature. It doesn't take but a few minutes to get out IN nature.  For me, just going to a nice view spot and enjoying the beautiful view of our valley is refreshing.

Jan 13, 2020 09:40 AM #9
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Debb - you're talking my language!  On average I've spent more like 1 to 2 hours out in the preserve hiking or walking every day.  Love love love it!

Jan 13, 2020 02:44 PM #10
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Being in nature is like magic to the soul. 

Jan 13, 2020 04:02 PM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Nature is a mental healer.  I live near the American River Parkway here in the Greater Sacramento region.  I often jump on my bike and hit the trail.  A few minutes of riding provides a total different mental perspective.

Jan 13, 2020 05:00 PM #12
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Debb and Bernie, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 13, 2020 05:01 PM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Debb and Bernie:

This was fascinating, but it all makes so much sense. I know when I spent time outdoors, especially at the beach, it tranforms me. Maybe the thing to do is put at least 2 hours every week on the calendar for a nature appointment!


Jan 13, 2020 08:27 PM #14
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - based on this I have the ability to be in nature for two cumulative hours per week but I now I will need to make the effort to do so.

Jan 14, 2020 03:19 AM #15
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie - a word to the wise and to those who are becoming wiser.  Not just an interesting thought, it's something that can be accomplished.  And accomplished now.  

Carol Williams - I think this deserves a place as part of SCS Second Chance Saturday should it not be featured by time you gather worthy posts.

Jan 14, 2020 05:40 AM #16
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is good to know that I am getting my optimal dose of nature each and every week!  The hiking photos that I post shall serve as proof, haha.

Jan 14, 2020 06:52 AM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is excellent advice for all of us.

I enjoy photowalks through our community which includes nature trails and lakes.

Jan 15, 2020 05:08 AM #18
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I don't know how this post passed me by, Debb. I'm afraid that I'm in a huge deficit vis-a-vis the optimal dose of nature... and I mean huge... probably a lifetime of deficit! 

Jan 15, 2020 11:04 AM #19
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, your area is simply beautiful!   It is good to get out and get a daily dose of Vitamin D too.

Jan 16, 2020 08:18 AM #20
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Debb. I love this and believe this really matters as well. I need to do it more at home. I spend vast amounts of time exploring while on holiday but home is a great place to explore too.

Jan 18, 2020 06:34 AM #21
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

I'm so glad that Michael Jacobs hi-lighted this post in his recent post as I missed it. I've become more conscious of the need to find my point of rest at the center of my being. Just soaking up mother nature is very comforting to me and is helping the healing I've been experiencing. I can see why if you spend less than 2 hours it might be considered none.  Nature is so good for us.

Jan 18, 2020 04:59 PM #22
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

You're on the right track, and I couldn't agree more that time in nature is time well spent.

Jan 19, 2020 12:46 AM #23
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I totally agree that spending time outside helps both our emotional and physical well-being. I've been taking two daily walks down to the bottom of our driveway and back up (mile round trip each time) and I've also been scheduled one hour per day outside doing some sort of chores/whatever. I have been feeling great! I have to make a point to schedule these activities even when I start getting busier with work. It'll be a challenge.

Jan 19, 2020 06:55 AM #24
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved the Title and the message, being an Urban Dweller all my life hope it is not too late for me... wow two hours? Endre

Jan 20, 2020 09:02 PM #25
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am loving the time I spend walking my dog around the neighborhood - as it gets warmer we will go a little further afield.

Jan 23, 2020 08:28 PM #26
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