The Role of Nature-Based Experiences in the Development and Maintenance of Wellness

Since the industrial revolution, the development of an urbanised lifestyle has reduced opportunities for contact with the natural world

Eric Brymer; Thomas F. Cuddihy; Vinathe Sharma-Brymer

2012

Scholarcy highlights

  • Since the industrial revolution, the development of an urbanised lifestyle has reduced opportunities for contact with the natural world
  • For the purposes of this article human wellness is defined as the “positive component of optimal health
  • Whereas good health might be considered as freedom from illness and disease, wellness is about continuing the journey towards an optimal state of individual health
  • For this article the authors defined wellness as a journey towards optimal health and shown how this can only be realised through the integration of various dimensions
  • From this perspective wellness is typically characterised by a balance of the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational and intellectual dimensions
  • A growing body of evidence-based literature supports the notion that contact with nature and physical activity in nature has a profound positive influence on human wellness
  • Explanations for these findings include those that emphasise an opportunity to nurture and care for nature, an opportunity for restoration and the reconnection with an innate aspect of being human

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