This Just In – Spending 5 minutes a day in contact with nature boosts your mood.
Unless you are stranded on a mountain after a tragic plane crash and embarking on a perilous journey through the wilderness trying to survive (The Mountain Between Us, by Charles Martin), being outdoors in nature can be quite positive. You may say “duh!”, but according to the Journal of Positive Psychology, “there is robust evidence that contact with the natural world improves human health, including emotional well-being.” Not that’s good news!
From News.com.au. (Read the book!)
- For working environments, we should be providing flexible workspaces, including outdoor gardens with WIFI; workers will be more productive and happy.
- For healing environments, respite gardens are essential, considering the high levels of stress.
- For learning environments, we should be including outdoor reading spaces and learning labs, extending learning beyond the walls of the classroom.
- For living environments, we should be creating outdoor dining venues, spaces for gathering, and quiet contemplative areas to extend the indoor areas out into the garden.
- For senior living environments, providing opportunities for horticultural therapy and gardening can spark memories and create positive experiences.
There are so many ways to enhance wellbeing through PLACE-Creation.
Study author Katherine D Arbuthnott of Champion College told PsyPost that “Throughout my life I have enjoyed time spent in natural settings so I have been delighted to discover the burgeoning research examining the health benefits of nature contact,” According to the article:
An initial study of 123 university students found that participants who sat in an urban park for just five minutes showed significant increases in positive emotions compared to participants who sat in a windowless laboratory room.
Which would you prefer?
- Stranded in the snowy mountainous wilderness
- Stuck in a windowless lab
- Spending time in a really cool garden space
I choose C.
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