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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Why Creativity is Such an Essential Skill

Imagination is the source of all human achievement. (Sir Ken Robinson) Our society is now, more than ever dependent on our ability to be creative – the process of having original ideas that have value. Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson explains that creativity is the crucial 21st century skill that we will need to solve the challenges that… Read more »

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New Article – Nature Enhances our Creativity

My article ‘The impact of nature on creativity – A study among Danish creative professionals’ has now been published in the Journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. You can access the article here. There is free access to the full version of the article until May 15, 2015. Here is the abstract: This article investigates the ability of natural… Read more »

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Din udsigt har indflydelse på din trivsel

Hvordan er din udsigt? Kigger du ud på noget natur eller kigger du lige ud i en væg? Studier har vist at din udsigt har indflydelse på, hvor godt du trives, det har betyding for dit barns indlæring i skolen og betydning for, hvor glad du er for dit arbejde. Da jeg for nogle år… Read more »

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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 »

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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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Urban Gardens

As I have talked about in a previous blog I am very inspired by the movement Urban Gardening and the related Urban Farming. How can we increase natural environments in our urban landscape? In the municipality (Frederiksberg close to the municipality of Copenhagen) where I live they hold the Danish Record of “Number of trees… Read more »

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Book: Healing Spaces

I have just finished reading the book “Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being” by Esther M. Sternberg, MD (published by Harvard University Press). It is a very interesting book. It shows how powerful places, sound & silence and visual aspects can be in moving people from illness to health. The complicated working relationship… Read more »

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Nature-Based Learning and Play for Autistic and Special Needs Children

A couple of days ago I took this online training “Nature-Based Learning and Play for Autistic and Special Needs Children” presented by: Naomi Sachs – www.NaomiSachsDesign.com & Tara Vincenta www.artemisLA.com. It was a great and very useful training. In Denmark the focus on the positive benefits of children experiencing the natural world has resulted in… Read more »

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The Ultimate Green Area

We have all experienced it – some places feel so nice and interesting that we want to stay there. We feel relaxed and happy – it is places that we want to return to. Other places just don’t have that “magic touch” and we don’t feel like staying there. What is this “magic touch” that… Read more »