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Biophilic design is derived from the theory of biophilia (Greek translation "love of life"), which is the idea that humans have an innate desire to connect with nature and other living things.

Scientific research shows that spending time in nature and interacting with animals can have beneficial effects on both physical and mental health.  Biophilic design elements in your workspaces can reduce stress levels, improve productivity, and enhance creativity (amonth other things).

Biophilic design utilizes natural materials, patterns, and phenomena to maintain a connection with nature within our built environment.  Here are ways you can incorporate biophilic design into your workspace to support wellness.


Harness the Power of Plants

Liven up your workspace with plants.  Not only are they nice to look at, plants also improve indoor air quality by naturally filtering toxins from the air.


Use Healthy Lighting

Evidence shows poor lighting is associated with a range of ill-health effects.  Maximize natural light by opening blinds and making windows accessible.  Use artificial lighting to mimic natural, circadian light.


Transform Your Walls

Add nature themed artwork to your workspace to boost your cognitive functions while indoors.  


Soundscape with Nature

Listening to nature sounds can reduce stress and improve mood and cognitive function.  Use a sound machine to mimic sounds heard in nature (e.g., wind, water, birds).


Embrace Earth-Inspired Furnishings

Bring characteristics of the natural world into your workspace by incorporating office furnishings that are made from or mimic natural materials, textures, and patterns (e.g., wood, shells, rocks).


Make Waves with Blue Space

Research shows spending time near water lowers stress, heart rate, and blood pressure, and improves concentration.  Bring the benefits of water to your workspace by adding water features, such as a desktop fountain or fish tank.


Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D

Exposure to direct sunlight can improve your sleep, reduce depression, and boost your energy.  Take regular breaks outdoors and have outdoor meetings to catch some rays while at work.  Be sure to wear sun protection to protect your skin and eyes.


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