Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 1681–1696 | Cite as

Meaning in Nature: Meaning in Life as a Mediator of the Relationship Between Nature Connectedness and Well-Being

  • Andrew J. Howell
  • Holli-Anne Passmore
  • Karen Buro
Research Paper


Research has established nature connectedness as a reliable correlate of well-being. In the current research, we examined whether meaning in life mediated the association between nature connectedness and well-being. In Study 1, 311 undergraduates completed multiple measures of nature connectedness, multiple measures of meaning in life, and multiple measures of well-being. Mediational analyses revealed that meaning in life fully mediated the association between nature connectedness and well-being. In Study 2, we examined whether mediation of the association between nature connectedness and well-being by meaning in life could be demonstrated alongside a previously documented mediation of the association between religiousness and well-being by meaning in life. Undergraduates (N = 227) completed measures of nature connectedness, religiousness, meaning in life, and well-being. Mediational analyses revealed that meaning in life fully mediated both the association between nature connectedness and well-being and the association between religiousness and well-being.


Nature connectedness Meaning in life Well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew J. Howell
    • 1
  • Holli-Anne Passmore
    • 1
  • Karen Buro
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGrant MacEwan UniversityEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsGrant MacEwan UniversityEdmontonCanada

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