Supported by broadcaster Kate Humble and the Soil Association, The Good Life Project is a ground-breaking research project and wellbeing programme evidencing the impact of nature on human health, wellbeing and behaviour.
Through published research, training programmes and exploring nature’s impact on people’s mental functioning, social relationships and physical wellbeing, the Project encourages greater interaction with nature, to create scientifically-proven healthier and happier environments at work and in education.
The impact of nature on people is well documented; just some of the many benefits of being in the presence of, or simply viewing nature, include reductions in stress, anxiety, blood pressure, anger and exhaustion, whilst increasing energy levels, cognitive functioning and happiness. The Good Life Project exists to demonstrate the efficacy of restorative environments and to encourage corporate responsibility in this area.
Our on-going research into the cognitive and emotional impact of nature in the working environment provides real-world, evidence-based suggestions, supported by data, for how organisations can achieve this with simple and cost-effective strategies.
However, despite evidence supporting the positive benefits of the exposure to nature, many organisations still prohibit personalising desk space, the presence of plants and displaying pictures and posters, for example.
According to research published by Persil/Unilever* in 2016, 75% of children in the United Kingdom spend less time outside than prison inmates, yet it is nature that ties and binds us to our planet.
You can get involved with our research projects in a number of ways: individuals can come along to our information days and courses run at the farm and for organisations we offer assistance in introducing natural stimuli into working environments, monitoring staff responses, providing training, resources, guidance and support.
We offer consultancy services and full training programmes for HR directors, learning and development managers and culture and wellbeing leads. Please contact us for further details. Click here to download the Growing Your Ideal Work Environment brochure.
*Persil/Unilever, Singer, D. and Singer, J. Children and Nature 2016
Behaviourist specialising in behaviour change
Dr. Lynda Shaw, PhD
Cognitive neuroscientist specialising in emotion
Professor Marc Salem, PhD
Psychologist specialising in behaviour planning