People are happier when looking at trees than inanimate objects, and are happiest when viewing spreading trees.
Improve Mood/Increase Feelings of Wellbeing
Personal control over the physical workspace led to higher perceived group cohesiveness and job satisfaction.
A comprehensive new resource examines lighting quality and perception and their relation to work performace outcomes.
After an extensive review of the literature and their own professional experiences, two elder-care researchers have reached conclusions about the design of dining spaces in senior living facilities.
This article examines the source of concern over decorative fountains and water features in hospital environments and raises questions about whether or not evidence exists to substantiate these concerns.
The aim of a healing garden is to provide a place of respite and renewal. Yet such a goal has to include the different needs of patients, visitors, and staff. An evaluation of how three healing gardens at a pediatric cancer center were used and appreciated provides insight into maximizing the use of healing gardens for these diverse populations.
'Green nature' may be sought more often than 'natural water' when experiencing negative moods.
After reviewing a series of published studies relating housing characteristics and manifestations of poor mental health (such as childhood behavioral problems and depression in adults), researchers were able to draw several conclusions about the relationship between housing characteristics and mental health.
Researchers have linked lower mental health care costs and lower residential instability for individuals with chronic mental illness to homes in newer and properly maintained buildings.
Several recently published reviews that examine the research literature provide information about the appropriate design of health care environments. Taken together, they are a useful and up-to-date starting point on approaching this research.