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Natural Awakenings Magazine is Pittsburgh's premier healthy living magazine. We're your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Our mission is to provide insights and information to improve the quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Natural Awakenings is a publishing family of locally owned magazines reaching millions of readers throughout the country. By being part of a larger network of magazines, we can provide the latest health and wellness information available through feature articles written by nationally-recognized authors, as well as articles by local experts.

In each issue of Natural Awakenings magazine, readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle. We offer inspiring how-to articles, interviews with national experts, the latest news in holistic health and sustainability and much more. Each month brings fresh perspective around a timely theme sure to pique your interest.  As an independently-published and locally-curated magazine, readers know they can trust that our content has no “hidden agenda.”

At the front of each community issue, we present global news and views as a complement to news and events of local interest. We highlight healing arts practitioners in the local area. And we connect you with a wealth of national and local resources mapping out alternate routes to a healthier, happier, longer life. A life that feels good all the way around.

You can find Natural Awakenings Magazine in many locations including local health food stores, fitness centers, book stores, health care facilities, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally available.

 

 


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Global Brief: Natural Thinking Spending Time in Nature Increases Cognitive Performance
More of our time is spent indoors than ever before. One of the ways by which nature may improve cognitive function (i.e. the acquisition of and goal-oriented use of knowledge) is by improving memory formation and recall, specifically that of short-term or working memory, and goal-oriented or directed attention; the kind that requires focused effort. By comparing and contrasting 13 studies, a team of researchers has shed light on this complex interaction in research published in Frontiers in Psychology. The studies used the backwards digit span task, which requires participants to invert a series of numbers and repeat them back. All demonstrated significantly improved cognition in nature as compared to urban environments. The benefits of studies like this are two-fold: not only are we learning more about how the brain interacts with its environment, but also how to leverage this interaction to lead healthier, more productive and happier lives.
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