There is a brief review of a study done by Ruth Ann Atchley on nature and creativity in a recent Huffington Post article. The study showed that the backpackers were 50% more creative after four days in the outdoors.

“Atchley discussed the value nature provides to the human mind: ‘Nature is a place where our mind can rest, relax and let down those threat responses,’ she said.”

I love reading about creativity and this article caught my eye. Atchley reconfirms how beneficial being in back-county is. Have you noticed a calming effect on your trips?