33 THE GOOD LIFE PROJECT
Being close to nature raises our spirits. We all know that. But just how beneficial is it, and can it boost our mood at work, too? We meet the experts working on the answers
It doesn’t take much more than a walk in the park or a weekend in the countryside to give us a palpable insight into the connection between nature and wellbeing. There are numerous studies from many a reputable scientific institution proving the positive effects of fresh air and green fields. But how do any of these academic studies make our daily lives better? Enter The Good Life Project, headed up by expert behaviourist Jez Rose, who, along with a team of psychologists and scientists, is researching what makes a healthier, happier working environment. After all, most of us spend the majority of our days in the workplace. While we instinctively know that a windowless, nature-free office is not conducive to our finest work, let alone our state of mind, The Good Life Project is out to prove it. Through an ongoing series of blind trials with Good Life ambassadors in workplaces across the UK, it’s discovering exactly which natural stimuli – from potted plants to beehives and wildflower seeds – make us happy, and how much exposure we need. Want to get involved now? Book a visit to the project’s headquarters, an organic farm in Cambridgeshire, where the experts lead immersive workshops (£69 per person) that teach their findings – learn communication and problem-solving skills while harvesting honey from bees or pressing apples. Soon, The Good Life Project is heading into schools too, applying the same line of research among children. Only in its first year of existence, this is a movement to watch (whois.thebehaviourexpert.com/goodlife).