Growth Mindset Podcast

129: The outside mindset - Verla Fortier - Author

July 30th, 2020

Verla Fortier

After a 40 year career as a nurse, and nursing professor, Verla finds that as more diseases are added to her systemic lupus diagnosis, her fears multiply. For the first year, she stayed inside her home trying to get better, and wanted to be the perfect patient. When this did not work, she decided to look into what trees, shrubs, and grass can do for her. When she applied what she found to her own situation, it worked. Then she found the research that was too good not to share.

In her book, Take Back Your Outside Mindset: Live Longer, Prevent Dementia, and Control Chronic Illness, Verla shares her findings on exposure to trees, shrubs, plants, and grass as a powerful remedy. With simple directed activities, Verla takes you through the science of improving your health using the great outdoors. If you like alternative approaches, scientific evidence, and naturally occurring free resources, then you’ll love Verla’s liberating book.

She also started a podcast called Your Outside Mindset for her to help people recognize that spending time outside is not just a nice thing to do, but it could also save your life. And because she wants to share science backed tips to live longer, prevent dementia, and control chronic illness by going outside.


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My name is Sam Harris. I am a British entrepreneur, investor and explorer. From hitchhiking across Kazakstan to programming AI doctors I am always pushing myself in the spirit of curiosity and Growth. My background is in Biology and Psychology with a passion for improving the world and human behaviour. I have built and sold companies from an early age and love coming up with unique ways to make life more enjoyable and meaningful.



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Top Tip

Nature makes us healthier and happier

We are designed to be outside and be one with nature. Besides boosting happiness, positive emotion, and kindness, exposure to nature may also have physical and mental health benefits.

Nature helps us cope with pain. Just a walk in the woods or a stroll by the beach on a sunny morning can awaken the innermost feelings of happiness and peace. Time in nature or viewing nature scenes provides a breathing space for our overactive minds, refreshing us moving forward.

Staying close to nature, observing all the little and significant elements of it, and appreciating it from the very core, is therapeutic and self-healing.

Even by saying and doing nothing, we can learn so much from connecting to our natural surroundings. It gives us the perspective for healthier living, the motivation to carry on, and the energy to keep trying.


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Take Back Your Outside Mindset: Live Longer, Prevent Dementia, and Control Your Chronic Illness

After a devastating diagnosis, Verlas shares her passion for better living by spending time with trees, being one with nature, and breathing fresh air are the recommended recipes for physical, mental and spiritual healing. Her book offers hope and encouragement filled with useful information for all.


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