Health benefits of nature

A.E. van den Berg, Y. Joye, S. de Vries

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Psychology: An Introduction
EditorsL. Steg, A.E. van den Berg, J.I.M. de Groot
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
ISBN (Electronic)9781119241072
ISBN (Print)9781119241089
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


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    van den Berg, A. E., Joye, Y. & de Vries, S., 2012, Environmental Psychology: An Introduction. Steg, L., van den Berg, A. E. & de Groot, J. I. M. (eds.). London, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 47-56

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