We have a symbiotic relationship with nature: we benefit  from it, and we in turn we need to take care of it. We see this clearly with animals; and we should also work to protect our green environment.

Add animals to your life

girl and puppyAs with plants, we evolved in nature alongside animals and they hold a natural fascination for us.  Of course, that is not a surprise, since animals were often our meal, or we theirs! Animals also alert us to danger or indicate that all is right in the world. So watching wild animals is naturally interesting to us and offers a welcome distraction from life’s worries.

In addition, with many animals we feel a natural tenderness, a reaction that is harnessed in the emerging field of animal-assisted interactions to enhance a sense of connection and healing. You don’t need to get a pet to benefit, although there is a large body of research showing the benefits of pet ownership, including lower blood pressure, depression, and anxiety—and a built-in exercise program! You can benefit simply by allowing yourself time to watch the birds and other wild animals in your yard or a neighboring park. 

You can benefit further by contributing to the welfare of wild creatures around the world and helping to protect the biological diversity that our ecosystems need.