Tag Archives: Nature

Bring Up Biophilia—What makes us particularly attracted to nature

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No one can dismiss the amazing feeling we get after spending some time in nature. We instantly feel relaxed and reinvigorated. Some might attribute this effect to time spent far away from work, and even though they could be correct, it is not the whole picture. Biophilia is a relatively new concept that brought the public more awareness to the role nature plays. The term refers to our innate propensity to be in nature or to connect with it. Our love for nature is so strong that the mere presence of reminders can be sufficient to initiate a cascade of positive effects. All the reactions produced can lead to a lightened mood, better cognitive processes, including concentration and focus, and a sudden burst in motivation. Nature’s reminders, also called biophilic elements, can be either alive or inanimate, but living elements can instigate the most impressive outcomes. To embrace the spirit of biophilia, we can begin introducing plants at home or add nature soundtracks as background noise. The possibilities are endless.

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Bring Up Flowers—How do these beautiful blossoms emerge

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It is now spring, and when I look outside, I cannot help the feeling rising inside of me. I readily found myself immersed in the beauty of the flowers peeking through the ground. This mere sight might give me, and maybe you too, an impulse to start making a flower garden, but we may struggle to know where to start. We may hesitate to choose between perennials and annuals, not necessarily even knowing if there really exists a considerable difference. We may also begin to worry about the number of colours we should pick for our garden, or even if there are any rules to follow. This constant uncertainty might get us very far from the pure enjoyment of looking at flowers and obscure the incredible inner beauty and strength that they hold. So, let’s all take a step back and look for the patterns existing in our favourite gardens. This way, we get to enjoy and learn everything about what flowers have to offer.

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