The body’s primary directive is to be happy, and that means many different things to different people and their pets. But there is a common thread, and that is a connection to nature that runs deep. Contact with our pets (or others’), walks amongst natural beauty, visiting the duckpond, surfing, feeling the grass beneath your toes while gardening… whatever works. A couple of hours per week of feeling connected with nature is essential for health and happiness, and the more you can get the better. Money spent ensuring your connection with your pet or with nature is money invested in your health. Living an overly sanitised modern lifestyle has many hidden costs that we are only just beginning to see and understand.