Good Health and Well-Being

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| Editors: Walter Leal Filho, Tony Wall, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökcin Özuyar

Connecting Ecotherapy and Well-Being

  • Kathleen G. SchollEmail author
  • Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi
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Ecotherapy utilizes a broad spectrum of systematic interactive nature-based treatments and activities designed to facilitate healthy outcomes in interdependent dimensions of the human experience that benefits one’s well-being.

Nature includes both wildlands and wilderness, managed nature (e.g., cultivate gardens, arboretums), and, to a lesser extent, specific flora and fauna features.

Multifaceted Approach to Health and Well-Being

Increased human population, urbanization, and extractive enterprises around the world result in fewer people having access and exposure to natural places. However, research conducted in developed nations has identified nature interactions that have proved beneficial for multidimensional aspects of health (Hartig et al. 2014). With predominantly indoor living and increased technological media, contemporary societies are significantly detached from the therapeutic benefits of nature. This disconnect is...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Catherine Zeman
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  1. 1.HRCS/COE and RRTTC/CHASUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA