Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Seminar: ‘Improving wellbeing through noticing urban nature

Abstract

There is a growing interest in people’s connection with (the rest of) nature owing to the benefits to both human and nature’s well-being. This talk will introduce the psychological construct of nature connectedness, the benefits and how to improve it. The pathways to nature connectedness and their application will be introduced, along with a specific intervention around noticing nature. This was implemented as a Smartphone based wellbeing intervention that prompted 582 adults to notice the good things about urban nature or built spaces. There were statistically significant and sustained improvements in wellbeing at one-month follow-up, with the improvement in wellbeing explained by significant increases in nature connectedness. The study provides controlled experimental evidence that noticing the good things about urban nature has clinical potential as a wellbeing intervention and social prescription.

Slides available:  HERE