Previous research has noted potential emotional benefits of being in nature. This study examined whether nature appreciation is also positively related to perception of work-value. Frequency of nature appreciation and a number of variables related to emotion, well-being, and perceived work value were analyzed using hierarchical regression techniques with a publicly available data set, consisting of a large sample of middleaged and older adults. Nature appreciation was significantly associated with certain emotional outcomes including increased positive affect, well-being, as well as reduced perceived stress. Nature was also associated with increased epinephrine, implying a complex relationship between nature and emotion regulation. Nature offers numerous benefits for individuals across the spectrum of psychological functioning. The findings are relevant for psychologists in promoting the well being of workers.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||2015 International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2015|
|Publisher||Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Inc.|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - 2015|
|Event||59th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2015 - Los Angeles, United States|
Duration: Oct 26 2015 → Oct 30 2015
|Name||Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society|
|Conference||59th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2015|
|Period||10/26/15 → 10/30/15|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors thank the staff of the Clinical Research Centers at Georgetown University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UCLA, and Georgetown University for assisting the MIDUS II staff in conducting this study. MIDUS II data collection and research was supported by these grants: M01-RR00865 (UCLA) from the General Clinical Research Centers Program and 1UL1RR025011 (UW) from the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program of the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health, and M01-RR023942 (Georgetown). Research was also supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging (P01-AG020166) for conducting a longitudinal follow-up of the MIDUS (Midlife in the U.S.) investigation. The original study was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Midlife Development.
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