Biophilia - What does it mean for our wellbeing?

Updated: Jan 28, 2019

The term "biophilia", first used by the psychologist/sociologist Erich Fromm, means "love of life or living systems." It refers to the connections we, as humans, subconsciously seek with other life forms and nature as a whole.

Biophilic Design is a concept in which 14 patterns are recognized as improving health and wellbeing in the built environment. Of the 14 patterns of biophilic design that are recognized as essential to an environment that promotes human wellbeing, I would like to mention the first group, Nature in the Space.


Nature in the Space includes the patterns of visual connection with nature (green environment), non-rhythmic sensory stimuli (nature sounds and scents), presence of water (blue space) and overall connection with natural systems. All of these patterns have been proven through multiple scientific studies to hasten stress recovery (lower blood pressure and heart rate), improve mental state and level of happiness (have a positive impact on mood, self-esteem and wellbeing), return cerebral blood flow and brain activity to a relaxed state, and trigger a deeper awareness of a functioning ecosystem.


What does all this all mean? In brief, that ensuring biodiversity in your garden (as opposed to large expanses of paving or turf) and incorporating water features that provide the rhythmic soothing sounds of water and encourage healthy ecosystems will not only provide added beauty to your surroundings but is definitely a good way to improve your health and wellbeing!



1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110419151438.htm 2. https://www.health.com/stress/why-nature-sounds-are-relaxing 3. https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/impact-sea-lakes-rivers-peoples-health

Nature in the Space includes the patterns of visual connection with nature (green environment), non-rhythmic sensory stimuli (nature sounds and scents), presence of water (blue space) and connection with natural systems. All of these patterns have been proven through multiple scientific studies to hasten stress recovery (lower blood pressure and heart rate), improve mental state and level of happiness (have a positive impact on mood, self-esteem and wellbeing), return cerebral blood flow and brain activity to a relaxed state, and trigger a deeper awareness of a functioning ecosystem.


If you would like to learn more about the 14 patters of biophilic design, read this fascinating report by Terrapin Bright Green:


https://www.terrapinbrightgreen.com/reports/14-patterns/#the-patterns


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