Connections—including connections with animals—play an important role in the quality of our lives. While an adult might define quality of life in terms of well-being, a child might describe it as a “life that is really good.”  Twenty children with attention deficit hyperactive disorder were once asked to describe a time in their life that was “really good” for them. The children drew a picture about that time and then talked to a researcher about what they had drawn. The children’s responses indicated that three main elements made their life “really good.”  These elements were activity, nature and connections (Barfield & Driessnack, 2018). We find these same three elements coming together in the connectedness-to-nature research, especially when focused on children.

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