Research presented at the American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual conference by Patricia Hasbach provides compelling evidence of the benefits of viewing nature videos.
Support Mental Restoration/Ease Stress
Being in a space that seems either too large or too small is bad for our mental and physical health. Cognitive scientists have identified ways to “right-size” places; the tools and techniques they’ve established are reviewed in this article.
Why do some spaces feel like homes but not others? Scientists have thoroughly investigated the answer to this question and what they’ve learned should inform the work of designers developing not only homes, but also places such as dormitories, hotels, hospitals, and stores. Yes, stores.
Well-designed gardens are valued additions to residential and commercial areas. Like emeralds, they can boost moods and in other ways enhance mental and physical wellbeing. This article shares insights from studies done by people outside the landscape architecture world that should be applied by garden designers.
Ideas for designing homes that promote wellbeing
Human survival depends on water. So water, inside and outdoors, has a significant effect on human thoughts and behaviors.
Not all of us may find the same sorts of places restorative
There are upsides to reduced visibility
Cervinka and colleagues studied the relative restorativeness of several spaces, and their findings have been published in Urban Forestry and Urban Greening.
There are clear benefits to getting previously sedentary employees up and walking at lunchtime.