Connecting with Nature

Connecting with nature is good for people and the planet. Research indicates that those who feel a stronger connection with the natural environment tend to be happier and engage in more environmentally responsible behaviours.

Here you will find links to research on nature connectedness and how it can be fostered for better human and environmental health.

Reviews & Meta-Analyses

The relationship between nature connectedness and happiness: A meta-analysis (free access)
Capaldi, C. A., Dopko, R. L., & Zelenski, J. M. (2014). The relationship between nature connectedness and happiness: A meta-analysis. Frontiers in Psychology, 5: 976. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00976

Flourishing in nature: A review of the benefits of connecting with nature and its application as a wellbeing intervention (free access)
Capaldi, C. A., Passmore, H.- A., Nisbet, E. K., Zelenski, J. M., & Dopko, R. L. (2015). Flourishing in nature: A review of the benefits of connecting with nature and its application as a wellbeing intervention. International Journal of Wellbeing, 5, 1-16. doi:10.5502/ijw.v5i4.449

Reconnecting with nature for sustainability (free access)
Ives, C. D., Abson, D. J., von Wehrden, H., Dorninger, C., Klaniecki, K., & Fischer, J. (2018). Reconnecting with nature for sustainability. Sustainability Science, 13, 1389-1397. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-018-0542-9

The relationship between nature connectedness and eudaimonic well-being: A meta-analysis (free access)
Pritchard, A., Richardson, M., Sheffield, D., & McEwan, K. (2019). The relationship between nature connectedness and eudaimonic well-being: A meta-analysis. Journal of Happiness Studies. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-019-00118-6

Connectedness as a core conservation concern: An interdisciplinary review of theory and a call for practice (free access)
Zylstra, M. J., Knight, A. T., Esler, K. J., & Le Grange, L. L. L. (2014). Connectedness as a core conservation concern: An interdisciplinary review of theory and a call for practice. Springer Science Reviews, 2, 119-143. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40362-014-0021-3

Scroll to Top