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Eudemonic Wellbeing & Shinrin Yoku

Eudemonic wellbeing refers to a type of wellbeing that is achieved by fulfilling one’s potential and purpose in life, while Shinrin-yoku, also known as “forest bathing,” is a Japanese practice that involves spending time in nature to improve one’s physical and mental health. Shinrin-yoku is based on the idea that connecting with nature can have positive effects on our well-being, including reduced stress and improved mood.

In terms of eudemonic wellbeing, studies have found that having a sense of purpose and meaning in life is associated with better health outcomes, such as lower rates of depression and anxiety, as well as reduced risk of mortality. Studies on eudemonic wellbeing have focused on various aspects of the concept, including the relationship between eudemonic wellbeing and physical health, the role of personal values and goals in achieving eudemonic wellbeing, and the impact of social and environmental factors on eudemonic wellbeing.

These studies suggest that eudemonic wellbeing is associated with better health outcomes, including lower rates of depression and anxiety, and improved cardiovascular and immune function. They also suggest that having a sense of purpose and meaning in life, as well as pursuing goals aligned with one’s personal values, are important for achieving eudemonic wellbeing.

Additionally, studies have shown that social and environmental factors, such as social support, access to nature, and community involvement, can play a role in promoting eudemonic wellbeing. Overall, the research suggests that eudemonic wellbeing is a multi-dimensional concept that is influenced by a range of individual, social, and environmental factors.

Regarding Shinrin-yoku, studies have shown that exposure to nature can reduce cortisol levels (a stress hormone) and lower blood pressure. Additionally, spending time in nature has been linked to improved mood, increased feelings of relaxation, and reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety. 

Additionally, research suggests that the aromatherapy from the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by trees and plants, can have a calming effect on the nervous system, leading to a decrease in stress and anxiety. However, it’s important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms by which spending time in forests has these effects, as well as to determine the optimal amount and type of nature exposure needed to achieve the greatest benefits. Nevertheless, many studies suggest that incorporating regular exposure to nature, including forests, into our lives can have a positive impact on our mental health.

There is no per se studying showing a direct effect between two, however if we consider the concept 5 Pathways to Nature Connectedness, one of which is engaging through senses in a green/forested space, we soon notice that there may be a link between Shinrin Yoku and eudemonic wellbeing.

Nature connectedness refers to the emotional and cognitive relationship between an individual and the natural environment. It is the feeling of being a part of nature, having a sense of belonging, and perceiving oneself as interconnected with the natural world.

Research has shown that there is a positive relationship between nature connectedness and eudemonic well-being. Engaging with nature has been shown to increase a sense of purpose and meaning in life, as well as promote positive emotions and reduce stress. Additionally, activities such as Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) and other forms of nature immersion can help individuals cultivate a deeper connection with the natural world and increase their overall well-being




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