Beyond restoration: considering emotion regulation in natural well-being
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractOur relationship with the rest of the natural world can help emotional regulation, yet the role of nature in the regulation of emotions is often overlooked. As the health benefits provided by nature are increasingly recognised there is a need for accessible models that can explain and promote those well-being benefits. To complement existing theories based on restoration and to improve understanding of nature’s role in emotional regulation, this article provides an account of the well-being benefits of nature based on affect regulation. The article considers the relationships between emotional regulation, well-being and nature through an accessible model of affect regulation that explains research reporting physiological responses to nature. The model, and underpinning research, highlight the interconnectedness between people and the rest of nature, fitting a wider narrative about the human role in our ecosystem. Applied implications of this perspective are presented.
CitationRichardson, M., (2019). 'Beyond restoration: considering emotion regulation in natural well-being'. Ecopsychology, pp. 1-19. DOI: 10.1089/eco.2019.0012
PublisherMary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers