First off, let’s talk about some linguistic ambiguity.
If I were to say “Russian assassin”, you’d probably think of a former KGB agent who’s skilled with a rifle and can handle their vodka.
But couldn’t that phrase also mean ‘someone who kills Russians’? As opposed to an assassin who is Russian.
Keep that in mind when I mention “plant killers”. I don’t mean something that kills plants. I mean plants who kill.
At least, that’s the literal translation of phytoncides.
As in plant-based killers.
You know that smell forests have? Underneath the dampness and maybe rotting, there’s a… sort of freshness, maybe? That’s phytonicdes at work – chemicals trees release to drive away bacteria, fungus and insects.
And you know what?
It’s weirdly amazing for human health.
I normally wouldn’t recommend walking through a mist of disinfectant. But when it comes from trees, it’s apparently a great thing to do.
Something about this chemical seems to boost your mood and stimulate your immune system, or something.
Who knows, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe these phytoncides do nothing.
In which case, there must be something else about trees.
For whatever reason, forests are healing, cleansing and nurturing. The quality of the air, the colours, the sounds, the textures – it all comes together to make us feel at home.
That’s no coincidence. We evolved in jungles. Loving trees is in our blood and one of our oldest instincts.
So embrace it.
There really is something special about nature – especially trees. It’s an experience you can’t get any other way. No amount of technology or lifestyle engineering replicates it.
Your best and only option is to go for the real thing.
So that’s one way to enhance your life.
But if self-improvement really interests you, what would you do with more techniques than you can use?
Like, say, 60 of them?
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