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Inviting the Birds In

by lynjo (follow)
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Bird bath

There's something very special about knowing that we can bring pleasure to the birds that we share our neighborhoods with. Birds will sometimes find their own ways to use our homes, like nesting in the garage or in the eaves. We might find this a bit annoying and try to find the most effective yet humane ways to get rid of them.

We can instead find ways to bring birds into our gardens so that we can enjoy their presence. This bird bath is a good example of one way to provide birds with a place they will enjoy that we will also be happy with. It can be great fun to watch them splashing around in the water, noticing their reflection in the pond and flying in and out of it. They sometimes make noises to attract their friends and family. Some days you could just spend the entire day watching their shenanigans.

While we might tend to think of looking after the birds as something that benefits them. However, we can also gain some benefits for ourselves as we engage with nature. It can be relaxing to share our lives with animals and birds are often part of our lives and we don't even notice them.

Positive psychology is an area of psychology that promotes us reaching out to others, noticing what we are grateful for and finding ways to relax and enjoy the life we have. It seems to me that bringing nature into our backyard is an ideal way to do these things. By helping birds we can gain a benefit as well. We can learn to appreciate the simple things in our lives, taking us away from the stresses and pressures that often fill our busy days.

I am also often reminded, as I live in an outer suburban area of Melbourne, about how we have taken over the lands and forests that originally belonged to birds and other wildlife. By building housing estates we have effectively invaded their worlds. We can give a little back by opening up our backyards to them, in effect welcoming them back into what was once their land.

# Nature
# Birds
# Neighborhood
# Backyard
# Positive Psychology
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