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Grow Your Own Happiness: The Gardener’s Way

Guest post by Alan Heeks, in which he explores the principles underlying his next book: Natural Happiness: The Gardener’s Way.

Many of us draw on nature to nourish our wellbeing. This blog will introduce you to the Gardener’s Way: a set of approaches that show the parallels between cultivating your own wellbeing, and tending an organic garden.

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.

It’s the Economy, Stupid

“It’s the economy, stupid”. The infamous words of Bill Clinton’s campaign strategist were instrumental in his ultimately successful campaign to win the 1992 US Presidential Election. Since then, his slogan has become a mantra for politicians who wish to hone in on what they believe to be voters’ biggest concerns. But where does wellbeing fit into this?

When Others Care, But We Don’t See It

Do you wring your hands in frustration, wondering why, when faced with profound inequality or climate change, other people don’t seem to care as deeply as you do yourself? This blog post is written by Common Cause Foundation Director Tom Crompton, who shares research suggesting that other people care more deeply that we might think.

Share Shop : A library of Things – Coming to Totnes

Here at the Network of Wellbeing, we have been seeding a Share Shop in Totnes. The great news is we now have a venue thanks to Totnes Town Council and a grant to support us thanks to The Big Lottery fund. The council have granted us a space to pilot the Share Shop in The Guild Hall garage on Guild Hall Yard. The Share Shop would enable local people to borrow all sorts of useful things at nominal cost so that they don’t have to buy them for themselves. The aim is to encourage the sharing economy; to help people connect more, spend less, consume less, and waste less.