Nature and pets

Sharma-Brymer, Vinathe, Dashper, Katherine and Brymer, Eric (2020) Nature and pets. In: IsHak, Waguih William, (ed.) The handbook of wellness medicine. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 413-422. Full text not available from this repository.

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In recent years, research has shown that nature and pets have a profound impact on positive wellness outcomes and lifestyle behaviors. In this chapter, we provide evidence for the importance of nature and pets, otherwise referred to as companion animals, in facilitating human wellness, and point to the implications of this evidence for the development of policy and practice initiatives. Specifically, we argue that nature and pets have important roles in the initiation and enhancement of wellness lifestyle habits and outcomes across multiple wellness domains. Evidence indicates that interacting with nature and pets positively influences emotional, intellectual, spiritual, physical, occupational, and social wellness [1]. Viewing pictures and videos of nature, being active in the presence of nature, and immersive experiences in nature have proven to have resulted in enhanced levels of wellness.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108650182
Departments: Institute of Health > Psychology and Psychological Therapies
Additional Information: Chapter 34 within book.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2023 10:17
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 11:01
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