Gardening as therapy: spend some time in the garden to improve your wellbeing

Getting into your garden, whether growing your own vegetables, cultivating flowers, or cutting hedges is about much more than the simple joys of eating home grown vegetables or having a place to entertain others. Research shows that these activities in and of themselves enhance our creativity, reduce stress and are great for us in many… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Det er ret fantastisk, at en gåtur i naturen kan være så godt for os

En gåtur i skoven er mere end bare en tur i det grønne – det er faktisk rigtigt godt for os både kropsligt og mentalt. Vi bliver i bedre humør Ud over at vi får rørt os, får motion og frisk luft, viser studier, at bekymringer og ængstelse mindskes betydeligt efter en tur i naturen…. Read more »

Er du også en rurbanie?

Har du kastet dig over hjemmedyrkede tomater og krydderurter på altanen? Elsker du at bo i byen men fantaserer om at holde høns? Plukker du ramsløg i byparken og nyder at fremtrylle en lækker ramsløgspesto til din pizza? Tager du familien med ud på landet i weekenderne for at høste æbler eller klappe den ko, som… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Nordea-fonden støtter et projekt der skal få den vilde natur på middagsbordet

René Redzepis non-profit organisation MAD starter sammen med stærke aktører til efteråret et folkeligt mad- og naturprojekt centreret om smag og bæredygtighed. Formålet er at give folkeskoleelever og resten af Danmark mulighed for at blive bedre til at kokkerere med naturens vilde råvarer igennem gratis undervisning. Med 8,5 millioner kroner fra Nordea-fonden får alle danskere… Read more »

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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  • 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 »

  • Pluk din mad med mobilen

    Vi er de seneste år blevet opmærksomme på værdien af at kunne gå ud i naturen og plukke vores egen mad. I weekenden tager vi på jagt efter Ramsløg og andre vilde spiselige planter i naturen. Men det er ikke altid vi er dygtige nok til at bestemme de spiselige planter, og der er fare… Read more »

  • Artikel om natur og kreativitet i Videntjenesten

    Min første artikel om naturens evne til at stimulere vores kreativitet er netop udkommet i Videntjenesten fra Københavns Universitet.

  • Nature & Creativity - how and why nature enhances creativity

    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 »

  • Kreativitetens psykologi

    I disse dage læser jeg rigtigt meget om kreativitet. Jeg vil gerne forstå, hvad det er. Hvad der sker i os, når vi er kreative. Forstå hvordan den fremmes og blokeres og se om jeg kan ane en rolle for naturen i denne proces. Alt sammen if.m. mit speciale, som jeg bloggede om i forrige… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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.

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • When I Go to Cornwall, UK I Would Like to Visit…

    Something very interesting is happening in the Southern part of UK – here you find The Eden Project as well as Minack an outdoor theatre and magnificent garden. The Eden Project (photo by schrodingersduck) The largest conservatories in the world, cutting edge iconic architecture, awe inspiring gardens, a rainforest and much more – take a… Read more »

  • Children are Much Less Outside in the Nature Than Their Parents were

    (Image by Trine [art arbre], Children bathing in the North Sea, July 2010.) Children only spend half as much time outside in the nature as their grandparents were when they were children and lot less than their parents. When grandfather was a boy 59% of his friends were outside in the nature every day. 42%… Read more »

  • The Rise of Urban Farming

    Grow fruits and vegetables in city towers? Advocates give a green thumbs up via The Rise of Urban Farming. And more about the benefits of urban farming at www.verticalfarm.com. Image by Adactio at Flickr.

  • 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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    Great Little Video; “What’s All About”

    Why connecting with nature is so rewarding is explained and showed very well in the little video by Margaret Roach at her blog A way to garden.com. I found out about the blog and the video via the Therapeutic Landscapes Network. Take a look at the video here. [Photy by Muffet, Flickr]

  • Greenways in Copenhagen

    Biking is one of the most common way of getting from A to B here in Copenhagen. We love to bike and the municipality do a lot to support good, efficient and safe bike lanes. 55 % of the Copenhageners bike to/from work and education – and 33% of these bike more than 4 kilometres… Read more »

  • Redesign of Abandoned Urban Landscape

    New York has got a new park (opened 2009), the High Line, built on the top of an abandoned elevated train line. The line runs from the Meatpacking District through Chelsea up to Hell’s Kitchen. Internationally known Landscape Architect James Corner from JCFO has used design, imagination, and horticultural skill to create a park of… Read more »