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The Science of Well-Being$
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Felicia A. Huppert, Nick Baylis, and Barry Keverne

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198567523

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567523.001.0001

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Naturally happy, naturally healthy: the role of the natural environment in well-being

Naturally happy, naturally healthy: the role of the natural environment in well-being

(p.404) (p.405) Chapter 16 Naturally happy, naturally healthy: the role of the natural environment in well-being
The Science of Well-Being

George W. Burns

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This chapter explores the connection between well-being and nature. The opening section discusses the current ‘mismatch’ in the relationship of humans with their natural environment, which has some implications for physical and emotional well-being. The succeeding section discusses the psychoevolutionary perspective of our species' development and the evolving concepts of health and well-being in relation to ecology. A detailed discussion on the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual benefits of interaction with nature is conducted and parallels are drawn with the correlates of happiness. Extensive research from different fields and related case studies are provided to corroborate the author's assertions. Succeeding sections tackle the implications of the studies for therapy, planning, and for promoting a lifestyle of well-being. The remainder of the chapter explores the universality of man's love for or enjoyment of nature and the related study of human interaction with animals.

Keywords:   well-being, nature, happiness, therapy, natural environment, humans, relationship

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