The idea that contact with nature is healthy appears so intuitively valid, that for a long time, people felt no need to demonstrate or quantify nature's contribution to their health and well-being. This chapter provides a brief introduction to the concepts of health and nature. Within environmental psychology, the term nature is generally used to denote a broad category of natural environments and features of those environments, such as single trees or plants. A more recent line of research has investigated the relationship between access to green space in the living environment and public health. The chapter discusses four main mechanisms: improvement in air quality, stimulation of physical activity, facilitation of social cohesion, and stress reduction. The scientific research and insights discussed in the chapter provide a scientific base for the formal acceptance and better practical use of health benefits of nature in policy and practice.
|Title of host publication||Environmental Psychology: An Introduction|
|Editors||L. Steg, A.E. van den Berg, J.I.M. de Groot|
|Place of Publication||London, UK|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9781119241072 |
|ISBN (Print)||9781119241089 |
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2018|