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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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Nye artikler på Videnskab.dk og i Sundhedsnetværket

  Jeg har for nylig udgivet artiklen Naturen kan fremme din kreativitet i Sundhedsnetværket. I artiklen skriver jeg bl.a.: Kreativitet er evnen til at få nye ideer, nye indsigter og se tingene på nye måder. Alle mennesker er kreative, men vi bruger vores kreativitet i forskellig grad og lader den komme til udtryk på forskellige måder…. 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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Det er en rigtig god ide at gå en tur i arbejdstiden

Det er weekend og du har måske benyttet anledningen til at komme ud i naturen. Jeg var bl.a. ude at gå en helt vidunderlig smuk tur i Store Bøgeskov ved Ringsted. Billedet ovenfår er taget ved den lille sti langs Gyrstinge sø. Undervejs gik jeg og tænkte på – hvorfor er det egentlig kun de… Read more »

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Din udsigt har indflydelse på din trivsel

Hvordan er din udsigt? Kigger du ud på noget natur eller kigger du lige ud i en væg? Studier har vist at din udsigt har indflydelse på, hvor godt du trives, det har betyding for dit barns indlæring i skolen og betydning for, hvor glad du er for dit arbejde. Da jeg for nogle år… 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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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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From Chicago to Copenhagen Roofs are Going Green

Imagine that you can relax or play in a garden – high above the street – with a great view over the city. In the past roof gardens was mostly for the few (and rich) however city planners have seen the many benefits of the roof gardens and new roof gardens are popping up a… Read more »

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Why Playing in Nature is So Good for Children

In Denmark we have what we call “Forest Kindergarten” where children spend their Kindergarten time outside in a forest all year round. Here in Copenhagen where there is no forest the children are picked up by buses and taken to the forest. I hear from my friends who have their children in such Forest Kindergartens… Read more »

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Urban Gardens

As I have talked about in a previous blog I am very inspired by the movement Urban Gardening and the related Urban Farming. How can we increase natural environments in our urban landscape? In the municipality (Frederiksberg close to the municipality of Copenhagen) where I live they hold the Danish Record of “Number of trees… Read more »