How Do Gardens Influence Well-being? A Call for Gardeners and Non-Gardeners Alike!

Guest blog post by Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui, Royal Horticultural Society PhD Student in the Landscape Department at the University of Sheffield.

Plant cover in UK front gardens has decreased by as much as 15% in the past 10 years. Yet for many, the front garden is the most accessible and the most accessed form of nature available to them, and we need more rigorous ways of valuing this. A research collaboration between the Royal Horticultural Society, the University of Sheffield, and the University of Virginia is investigating how domestic garden landscapes influence the health and well-being of residents and the wider community.

‘Write Yourself Happy’ for International Day of Happiness

Germany has a Ministry of Happiness and Wellbeing, and it is run by the inspiring Gina Schöler. Gina previously blogged for us about the Ministry’s work and how it all got started. In this latest guest post she shares a brilliant new initiative running for International Day of Happiness 2017, called Write Yourself Happy.

The Importance of Neighbourhoods for Our Wellbeing

Is the neighbourhood still important in today’s individualistic and globalized society? Or has the residential neighbourhood lost its significance as source of social capital? In this guest post, Marloes Hoogerbrugge, from the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation (EHERO), shares some of the latest research on this topic.

Can You Be Well When Others Aren’t?

Guest post by Duncan Fraser, Project Director of Useful and Kind Unlimited

I believe that I can only be truly well when my brothers and sisters, be they neighbours or on the other side of the world, are well too. It is about celebrating diversity and difference. Giving and not counting the cost. Not fighting for what we believe is right, but loving and willing it into being.