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15
Sep

Daily Happiness Checklist

The Happiness Institute Sydney A checklist of positive steps towards ultimate happiness. What is happiness? Happiness is a term that covers a range of positive emotions. Ultimately it means different things to different people; it’s an entirely subjective experience. For some, the experience of happiness is one of predominately “high arousal” feelings such as joy...
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15
Aug

How Plants affect Human Health

Associate Professor Mardie Townsend, Deakin University Victoria. Humans are dependent psychologically on nature. Read about the environment and wellbeing. Download PDF
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clean air
08
Aug

Clean Air

Hiring plants is good for your work environment. Live plants have more than just decorative qualities. They certainly do create atmosphere and image but LIVING PLANTS do so much more! Living plants in buildings reduce the levels of air pollution and volatile organic compounds which are emitted by materials in computers, photocopiers, furniture and fittings...
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wellbeing
08
Aug

The facts!

Office Wellbeing Facts and Figures Some perceive that investment in health and wellbeing has a relatively low yield. Statistics illustrate this is false. Recent studies show that the return on investment for workplace wellness programs is $3-$5 on average for every $1 invested. Harvard Business Review. “The healthiest Australian employees are almost three times more...
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bromeliad
22
Jul

Living Plants Key Benefits

Plants reduce levels of indoor air pollution Plants absorb poisonous volatile organic compounds emitted by materials in computers, photocopiers, furniture and fittings along with microorganisms from people Artificial plants “gas off”, polluting the air Plants increase humidity, counteracting the drying effects of air conditioning Plants put oxygen is put back into the air you breathe...
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12
Jul

Positive Psychology Progress

Martin E.P. Seligman and Tracey A. Steen, University of Pennsylvania; Nansook Park, University of Rhode Island; Christopher Peterson, University of Michigan. Positive psychology is an umbrella term for the study of positive emotions, positive character traits, and enabling institutions. Research findings from positive psychology are intended to supplement, not remotely to replace, what is known...
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10
Jul

How and Why Potted Plants Really do Clean Indoor Air

Margaret Burchett Ronald Wood, Ralph Orwell Jane Tarran, Fraser Torpy Ralph Alquezar Over 80 % of Australians live in cities, where we spend about 90% of our time indoors. A number of studies have shown that indoor air generally contains higher levels of contaminants than outdoor air – often several times higher concentrations. Over 350...
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14
Jun

Simple Steps to Better Air Quality

Principal authors Kristy Matte, Eco Balance Sustainable Design Consultancy; and Geoff Milne. This article is a good explanation of how to improve indoor air quality. Download PDF
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05
May

Wellbeing Improved by Indoor Greenery – Australian UTS Study

Final Report to Horticulture Australia Ltd Cpmpleted 15 february 2010 “Greening the Great Indoors for Human Health and Wellbeing’, Margaret Burchett et al. University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) The results add further evidence for the benefit of plants for occupant wellbeing: Reductions in negative mood states and feelings of stress by up to 6% have...
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plants are necessary for the workplace
22
Jul

Clean indoor air – Why plants are necessary for the workplace

The benefits of living plants in the work place in terms of providing clean indoor air was first discovered in the 1980’s and since then significant research has been conducted to define and quantify these benefits. In summary, current research shows that having plants in the workplace will help clean indoor air and actually achieves...
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