"What I know for sure is that every sunrise is like a new page, a chance to right ourselves and receive each day in all its glory."


"There's just something special about cooking and eating outside. I don't care if it's just a hot dog: If you make it outside, it tastes better."

Art Smith

"Before you pull up your tent stakes and tight roll your sleeping bag, give Mother Nature another chance. Camping really can be a vacation like no other—in a good way."

Heather Hatfield, WebMD

"Hiding inside isn't an option for most of us when pollen is at its peak, but there are ways to reduce allergen exposure. … After being outdoors, take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes to remove pollen that may have collected in your clothes and hair."

Elisabeth Bergman, WebMD

"Focus on the outside of your home. Check and fix outdoor play equipment, fire up the grill to make sure it still works, plan a summer vacation and organize your kids' summer activities."

Peter Walsh

"Childhood obesity is the product of a sedentary generation that watches too much TV and indulges in carefree, unhealthy living. The remedy is to get kids to love the outdoors and to respect their bodies as a temple of the soul."

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

"Sunscreen can protect your skin from these damaging rays so that even if you do spend time outdoors, your face is less likely to give away your age."

Colette Bouchez, WebMD

"Every morning when I come out from my bedroom, I look outside and I say, 'God, thank you.'"

Oscar de la Renta, fashion designer

"After I leave work, I take a 10- to 30-minute walk to clear my thinking and help me wind down. I especially love to walk through a park—the beauty of the outdoors is always a welcome wake-up from being inside all day."

Lesley Powell, dancer and personal trainer

"I really don't need a yacht or a home in the Hamptons. I've got a little place to hit golf balls, and I'm a pretty happy camper."

Vince Gill

"When I just need a break or some time to enjoy, the outdoors this is one of the best spots around!"

Courtney Sipowicz, Oprah.com user

"I loved the outdoors. I loved hiking. Still do. But you know, as I'm sitting here thinking about it with you, I guess it's not just about the nature. I love watching people too."

Susan, from Ken Schuman and Ron Paxton's The Michelangelo Method

"This is my backyard, my favorite place, my haven, my peaceful place to hide away from it all … I need greenery. I need trees."

Gloria Estefan, singer

"Being outside—getting oxygen in your lungs—actually changes not just your body, it can begin to change your mind and your perspective."

Dr. Robin Smith

"Video games are to children what gambling is to adults: a waste of energy, a waste of time and a waste of resources. … Children should interact with real people, not silicon substitutes, and should be playing with a baseball and riding a bike, not holding a joystick."

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

"You yearn for green, but that doesn't mean you want a farm."

Art Smith

"When I hear them playing outside, I think: 'This is exactly what I wanted. This is the experience I was looking for.'"

Kristen Martini, a mother who simplified her life

"Is there any kind of garden more beautiful than a vegetable garden? Not if your idea of happiness is similar to mine: a good meal on a lovely evening in late summer with family and friends."

Michele Owens, O, The Oprah Magazine contributor

"Get out of the office for 10 minutes and look at the sky and the trees—it's relaxing. There are some studies that show that, physiologically, your stress hormone levels go down if you can get outside."

Dr. Amy Wechsler, dermatologist

"In my hometown, the outdoors was the domain of those who could climb higher, bike farther, ski faster and camp out forever. But after I moved to New York City and got homesick for the West, I found myself drawn to our come-as-you-are national parks…it's hard not to get swept up with an old-fashioned excitement about seeing the country."

Sarah Vowell, author

"Teenagers who spend a lot of time outdoors working or playing can especially be at risk for sun damage. All the basics of sun protection—from sunscreen to sunglasses to clothing—apply to them."

Elisabeth Bergman, WebMD

"I'm a huge believer in the importance of active play for the kids and of getting them in the fresh air as much as possible (weather permitting). … Regardless of the time of year, getting out early—while our bodies and minds are still fresh—and running around in the fresh air makes such a difference for all of us."

Jessica Seinfeld, author of Deceptively Delicious

"I probably think more about nature than I think about myself."

Martha Stewart

"Vacations should be taken in places like national parks, where children can appreciate the wonders of nature, in rich historical places, where children can connect with the past, or should be filled with physical activity so children can learn the glories of a life lived outdoors."

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

"When I go outside, it's like, 'Business is open.' Whether I'm preparing food for a few friends or for a large party, people come and sit at the table while I cook."

Art Smith

"I love to be outdoors, that is why I love the job I have. Anything I can do outdoors, I'm in for it."

Kirsten Gum, host of the Travel Channel's Cash and Treasures

"Even if we live in the inner city and can't manage to get to the countryside, we understand that reconnecting with what is subtle and profound in nature can take some of the burning out of our souls."

Barry Lopez, writer for O, The Oprah Magazine

"Last week we went camping (in tents) with the whole family. It is a wonderful time to spend all day and night outdoors and active, hiking, running, swimming, boating."

Bill, from the Best Life Challenge

"I love the outdoors and sports. I love adventure and doing different things that are challenging. They keep me sane!"

Gisele Bündchen

"Increase your sun exposure at midday between spring blossoms and fall colors."

Dr. James Dowd, author of The Vitamin D Cure

"The special life is where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, the natural becomes miraculous, the everyday becomes unique. Finding the magic and wonder within nature is the most assured means by which children rediscover the joy of life."

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach