Andy Davidhazy hiked 2,660 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada and took a selfie each mile of his journey. His transformation during the five-and-a-half month journey is amazing.

Andy captured his transformative experience on this video that shows the selfies he took. Recent studies by British and American scientists confirm that even short nature walks make us happier and help combat stress.

Researchers from the University of Michigan and Edge Hill University in England evaluated 1,991 participants in England’s Walking for Health program, which hosts nearly 3,000 walks per week for more than 70,000 regular participants.

They found that the nature walks were associated with significantly less depression in addition to mitigating the negative effects of stressful life events and perceived stress.

The findings were published in the September issue of Ecopsychology.

Warber and co-author Kate Irvine, senior researcher of the Social, Economic, and Geographical Sciences Research Group at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, UK, recommend walking outside in nature at least three times a week to experiencebenefits. Short, frequent jaunts are more beneficial than long, occasional walks.

“Stress isn’t ever going to go away, so it is important to have a way to cope with it,” said Warber. “Walking in nature is a coping mechanism—the benefits aren’t just physical.”

John Muir, a revered hiker and philanthropist, famously stated:

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

Below Andy talks about the challenges of tacking the Pacific Crest Trail.

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