Nature Heals Exhibit

Ten reasons why our connection to nature essential to human health and wellbeing?

  1. Nature-based health promotion has a positive effect on human well-being and serves as an important public health intervention.
  2. Biophilia is our innate, genetic connection to plants and nature, based on meaningful experiences that emotionally bond us to, and establish a love of, nature.
  3. Biophobia is both a reaction of our sympathetic nervous system to stresses found in nature that, over time, have been essential for human survival (E.g., poisonous mushrooms and saber-toothed tigers) and a learned social fear of nature.
  4. Finding green space or a connection with nature (E.g., potting a plant or looking at a beautiful garden) activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which relaxes and restores our mind, body and spirit, and allows us to feel restored, creative, happier and more mindful.
  5. In the current geologic time period (aka the Anthropocene Era) the more we move towards technology, the more we need nature - the two require a balance.
  6. Investing in green space is not only a good investment for human mental and physical health; it is also essential for planetary health
  7. Nearby green space or nature is a free, accessible means of self-care and a basic right of all.
  8. A sense of connection with plants, animals and nature is a strong predictor of positive conservation behavior.
  9. In childhood, positive, direct experiences in nature and supportive role models, such as Master Gardeners, are the two primary factors that contribute most to an individual, as an adult, taking active steps to care for the planet.
  10. The most immediate and meaningful connection with nature forms by engaging through our senses; touch, taste, sight, sound and smell - this connection can happen at any time throughout our lives and can occur in any setting. 

 To learn more visit: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing



Last Updated: Jan 20, 2020 11:53 AM