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Gardening is good for you

Growing your own vegetables, taking care of plants, cultivating flowers, cutting hedges and weeding is much more than the joy of eating homegrown vegetables and herbs – it is therapy and in many ways really, really good for us new research from the independent charity King’s Fund shows. Increasing people’s exposure to, and use of, green spaces… Read more »

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Is it better to take a walk in nature or in an urban area?

Is it better to take a walk in nature than in an urban area? Two studies comparing walking in an urban setting with walking in a natural park setting. In both, the walk in nature produced benefits for mood and mental acuity while the urban walk did not. In the study the researchers investigated the impact of nature experience… Read more »

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Houseplants can detox your home

Indoor climate has a great impact on human well-being, including comfort, productivity and health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality is one of the top five risks to public health. We spend 80-90 percent of our time indoors and about 16 hours every day in our dwelling and therefor it is important… Read more »

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New study: Nature contact increases cognitive skills

Physical activities such as climbing a tree, running barefoot and navigating obstacles, even for a few minutes a day, can improve cognitive abilities. The study shows that physical activities that require people to control their bodies while processing new information helps improve working memory. “This research suggests that by doing activities that make us think, we… Read more »

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Apps connects you with nature

Mobile apps are a natural part of our daily life and a lot of interesting new apps helps to connect you with nature in different ways. As I have writte about in previous posts research has shown that living near and regularly experiencing greenery has a strong positive effect on city dwellers’ mental health, creativity… Read more »

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Traveling caravans let you work in the forest

What if your office was a traveling caravan that could make it possible for you to work in the middle of the forest or at another beautiful nature scenery? The Dutch company KantoorKaravaans are mobile micro-offices that let office workers do their day to day business in the middle of beautiful, national parks. As I have… Read more »

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Why Creativity is Such an Essential Skill

Imagination is the source of all human achievement. (Sir Ken Robinson) Our society is now, more than ever dependent on our ability to be creative – the process of having original ideas that have value. Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson explains that creativity is the crucial 21st century skill that we will need to solve the challenges that… Read more »

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New Article – Nature Enhances our Creativity

My article ‘The impact of nature on creativity – A study among Danish creative professionals’ has now been published in the Journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. You can access the article here. There is free access to the full version of the article until May 15, 2015. Here is the abstract: This article investigates the ability of natural… Read more »

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Unplugging and Recharging in Nature Boosts Creativity

New research which is to be published in the journal PLOS One, shows that spending four nature-filled days, away from electronic devices, is linked with 50 percent higher scores on a test for creativity. It is interesting as it supports the findings of my recently finished Master Thesis; Nature & Creativity – how and why  nature enhances creativity. The… Read more »

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Nature & Creativity – How and Why Nature Enhances Creativity

For the last 6 months I have been writing my Master Thesis in Landscape Architecture and exploring the area of nature and creativity to find out how and why nature may enhance our creativity. It has been an amazing journey – talking to so many inspiring creative people and reading interesting literature about creativity and natures influence… Read more »

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Nature and Creativity

Two weeks ago I began on my Maters Thesis and for the next 6 months I will be investigating the connection between nature and our creativiy. I know from litterature that nature may enhance our creativity however we don’t know much about why. This will be one of the areas of focus. I will read… Read more »

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Denmark Will Soon Have its First Vertical Garden

A new vertical garden is about to be realized in Århus. The vertical garden will be 200 square meters and situated at a wall in the creative Meilgade area in Århus. According to the man behind, Jonatan Marcussen (president of the association Himmelhaven (The Sky Garden)) it is the first of its kind in Denmark…. Read more »

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Someone has Made an Extra Effort

Look at this – somebody did an extra effort and planted these beautiful flowers along the sidewalk on my way to the metro. Thanks a lot it really makes me smile.

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The Joy of a Garden

If you have been living a long life close to nature and with you own garden it might feel like something important is missing if you move to an apartment. It was what happened for an older Swedish man when he moved into an apartment after many years in a house with a garden. Fortunately… Read more »

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Growing Your Own Vegetables Can Help Depression

I simply have to quote from this article in the guardian.co.uk. It describes how growing some of your own food can have a restorative effect on mental health. “Being part of the natural world, sowing, watering, weeding, pruning, harvesting and eating the plants helps to re-establish one’s individual connection with our planet, its seasons and… Read more »

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Bacteria in Soil May Make Us Happier, Smarter

I have read a very interesting article at the Therapeutic Landscape Network blog. It is about new research that shows that the bacteria in soil may actually make us happier and even smarter. We know that just by being in nature there is a restorative benefit however now research have also found that the direct… Read more »

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Why Green Exercise is So Good For Us

I have just red an interesting report “The Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Green Exercise” (see authors below). According to the report nature can make positive contributions to our health, help us recover from preexisting stresses or problems, have an `immunising’ effect by protecting us from future stresses, and help us to concentrate and… Read more »

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Worlds Best News

Now the farmers in Vietnam get money by NOT cutting down the trees. The other morning I was on my way to work. At the metro station I was met by smiling people offering me breakfast and a newspaper with the title “Worlds Best News”. It was a campaign for the progress of the United… Read more »