Activate Your Inner Happiness With Bilateral Brain Stimulations

Neuroscience says going for a walk in the woods will improve your mood.

Lisa Bradburn
3 min readJun 10, 2020

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When I was young and bored, Mom hollered at me to get outside. It was her answer to life’s dilemmas.

Fast forward to my late thirties. When I struggled with the heart-ache of a broken relationship, once again, I turned to Mom. This time she held me close and, in a gentle tone, reminded me to take a long walk in the woods. Why? Because I’d feel better.

Without realizing it, Mom was onto something existential.

What Are Bilateral Brain Stimulations?

A walk in the woods allows for repetitive movements of the feet while the simple left to right movement activates the brain. The hike, in combination with sunlight streaming through the trees, creates rhythmic patterns. When a body is in motion, the action and light stimulate the use of the right and left (bilateral) brain during the activity. Throughout the exercise, the bilateral brain stimulations help facilitate emotional processing and aid in bringing a person back to a calmer, relaxed state.

The day after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 US election, she went for a walk in the woods to find solace and healing. Meandering…

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Lisa Bradburn

Psychotherapist (RPQ) & Agile Coach at the intersection of technology, faith and the human condition. Let’s chat: lbradburn@gestaltmail.ca