How ‘biophilic’ design can create a better workspace
Biophilic design is a concept of using both direct and indirect exposure to nature to increase wellbeing.
Leading up to 2020, biophilic design was a major office trend. Amazon introduced spherical conservatories to its Seattle headquarters, and Facebook created a 3.6-acre rooftop garden at its Silicon Valley hub. Due to the pandemic, remote workers can bring the concept back home with them and create a work environment with their own wellbeing in mind.
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A comprehensive study on Australian households, measuring the quality of wellbeing over 16 years found the following results:
Our level of wellbeing does not change much, with each event, even a catastrophic one, impacting us for a length of time, say a year or two, and then becoming normal to our minds, returning us to our previous levels of wellbeing.
This applies to boosts as well as the plunges.