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Healthy Minds and Strong Communities

08/16/16 | View Comments

A holistic, optimistic approach to health supports productive individuals, and livable communities where people can thrive.

Health is not simply an absence of disease or infirmity, but is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. Wholesome living environments integrate the opportunities of built, social, natural, and (increasingly) online components to help people be at their best. One important aspect of health – mental function and wellness – is not only the outcome of personal and lifestyle situations, but is highly dependent on the natural and built environments that surround a person.

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. Each person’s health, specifically mental health and wellness, is intricately integrated with the social and built environments around them.

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How to Add Nature to Your Work

11/10/15 | View Comments

There is a good chance you spent the majority of your day today in an indoor work environment. For many, this means you are indoors with limited access to natural light, fresh air, or window views. In a global report on workplace environments in 16 countries, 42% of 7600 employees had live plants in the office but 47% had no natural light. A fifth of these respondents reported having no natural elements in their office at all.

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A common hypothesis used by business leaders and supported by research is that those who are more satisfied in their jobs are also more productive and more engaged employees. There is evidence that higher subjective wellbeing and job satisfaction at work are positively related to job performance, productivity, and organisational citizenship (e.g. being cooperative, friendly and trustworthy), and are negatively related to employee turnover and absenteeism. 1

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Creative Nature

09/15/15 | View Comments

Last week we examined whether viewing green rooftops from your office could help you focus on tasks. We continue this discussion on cognitive processes and nature by presenting recent research on creativity.

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