Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Why hike with kids No. 12: Improved mood

Grumpy kid? Not if you hike near water.
Kids getting grumpy? Maybe you are, too. My advice: Take a hike.

A 1991 study by Texas A&M found that those who experienced a stressful event more quickly returned to a positive mood upon viewing pictures of water as opposed to those who viewed pictures of urban scenes.

Is it a stretch to say that viewing real water scenes would be just as effective?

Plan a hike with your children near a stream, river or lake and find out!

Learn about more than a hundred other hiking diversions for kids in Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities.