Earth Day 2014: Connecting With Nature

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Is it possible that something as simple as happiness could be the motivating factor to stimulate sustained ecological behavioral change? The developing field of ecopsychology has spurred an interest in research looking at how our connection to nature is tied to our well being.  Along these lines, John Zelenski and Elizabeth Nisbet from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada recently published a fascinating study“Happiness and Feeling Connected: The Distinct Role of Nature Relatedness.”  The authors found that we have unique relationship with nature that is a “significant distinct predictor of many happiness indicators, even after controlling for other connections” and conclude that “nature relatedness could be a path to human happiness and environmental sustainability.”  

(continue reading at the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center site)

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