How Does Nature Improve Happiness and Wellbeing?

The wellbeing benefits of the natural world are regularly highlighted here at the Network of Wellbeing, and so it’s a pleasure to see that many other people share our passion. One example of this is the well-respected Arts and Humanities Research Council supporting a research project on Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing. This project is led by Samantha Walton at Bath Spa University, and explores the links between nature, health and environmentalism in 20th and 21st century literature.

World Environment Day: We Need Nature and Nature Needs Us

June 5th is the annual celebration of World Environment Day, and this year the United Nation's are highlighting the importance of connecting people to nature, through their #WithNature campaign. Here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we are sharing a short series of content to help highlight this theme, including blogs from The Wildlife Trusts and Natural Happiness. Plus the video below, featuring many well known voices: Satish Kumar, Vandana Shiva, Monty Don and more.

World Environment Day: How to Connect and Learn from Nature

To mark World Environment Day we’re sharing a series of content encouraging people to connect and learn from nature. In this post we share insights from author of Natural Happiness: the Gardener’s Way and Founder of Hazil Hill Wood, Alan Heeks. This includes a helpful practical exercise called ‘the tree test’, which helps people to nourish themselves and deepen their roots.

Sunshine for the Soul: 30 Days Wild Benefits Health and Wellbeing

This is a guest post by The Wildlife Trusts about their annual challenge: 30 Days Wild. This post is also relevant to this year’s World Environment Day on 5th June, which is based on the theme “I’m With Nature”, encouraging people to connect with nature. Watch out on NOW’s blog and social media channels for more content about this theme over the next week or so.