In “The Enlightening,” Merle Akeetheran gives the following advice to Ken.
“…take a moment here and there to smell the roses, as they say. Come out here, to the park, and enjoy the natural goodness of your planet. If you can’t make it out to the park, or somewhere like this, you should be able to find nature wherever you might be, outdoors– even indoors, in some cases. Even if you’re in the middle of a huge parking lot or something, there is always the sky to enjoy.” Merle reached his arms out straight from his sides, and raised them upwards, looking up to the sky as he did so. “Everything will fall into place, if you follow those principles.”
Now Merle’s advice has been confirmed by research out of the University of Exeter. The researchers surveyed data from nearly 20,000 people in England, and found that those who spend a minimum of two hours a week in a natural setting (a little over 17 minutes per day) report a significantly higher level of good health and psychological well being.
Once again, Merle seems to have known what he was talking about…
Here is a link to an article discussing the findings.