All of us at anxietycentre.com have experienced debilitating anxiety. But we’ve also overcome it and returned to normal and lasting health. Because we know the hardship anxiety unwellness can cause, we are committed to helping others, with over 27 years of service.” - Jim Folk, President, anxietycentre.com

Stop And Smell The Roses - It’s True, It Does Make People Happier

stop and smell the roses because it can make you happier

Over and over, research has found that being in nature is therapeutic. Here is another study that found those who just stopped and appreciated nature, even for a few moments, experienced an increase in happiness and well-being.

Often, old wives tales do speak volumes of truth.

You can read the press release about this research below:


Science Confirms You Should Stop And Smell The Roses

Short nature intervention can bring out the best in people

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA OKANAGAN CAMPUS

Is it any wonder that most happiness idioms are associated with nature? Happy as a pig in muck, happy as a clam, happy camper.

A UBC researcher says there's truth to the idea that spending time outdoors is a direct line to happiness. In fact, Holli-Anne Passmore says if people simply take time to notice the nature around them, it will increase their general happiness and well-being.

Passmore, a PhD psychology student at UBC's Okanagan campus, recently published research examining the connection between taking a moment to look at something from the natural environment and personal well-being. A recent study involved a two-week 'intervention' where participants were asked to document how nature they encountered in their daily routine made them feel. They took a photo of the item that caught their attention and jotted down a short note about their feelings in response to it.

Other participants tracked their reactions to human-made objects, took a photo and jotted down their feelings, while a third group did neither. Passmore explains that examples of nature could be anything not human built: a house plant, a dandelion growing in a crack in a sidewalk, birds, or sun through a window.

"This wasn't about spending hours outdoors or going for long walks in the wilderness," Passmore says. "This is about the tree at a bus stop in the middle of a city and the positive effect that one tree can have on people."

Passmore, who studies wellness, says she was 'overwhelmed' not only by the response of her 395 study participants--more than 2,500 photos and descriptions of emotions were submitted--but also by the impact that simply noticing emotional responses to nearby nature had on personal well-being. And their prosocial orientation--a willingness to share resources and the value they placed on community.

There is scientific documentation that people who live in greenspaces generally seem to be happier, and may live longer than those who don't. Passmore is taking that research further. This study is one of a series by a research team in UBC Okanagan's psychology department known as the "Happy Team" which is providing evidence that nature can increase happiness.

"The difference in participants' well-being--their happiness, sense of elevation, and their level of connectedness to other people, not just nature--was significantly higher than participants in the group noticing how human-built objects made them feel and the control group."


Disclaimer: anxietycentre.com is not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted at anxietycentre.com by contributing institutions or for the use of any information throughout anxietycentre.com's system.


The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach, counselor, or therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.


For more information about our Anxiety Counseling option; our Available Anxiety Therapists; to Book An Appointment with one of our anxiety therapists; common Anxiety Signs and Symptoms; common Anxiety Attack Symptoms; the symptoms of panic attack disorder; anxiety Recovery Support area; information about Anxiety; and our Anxiety 101 section; or click on the appropriate link or graphic below:

Anxiety Counselling Book An Appointment Book An Appointment Anxiety Symptoms Anxiety Attack Symptoms Panic Attack Symptoms Anxiety Recovery Support Anxiety Anxiety 101

Return to our anxiety research page.

Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated November 6, 2017.

anxietycentre.com: Information, support, and coaching/counseling/therapy for problematic anxiety and its sensations and symptoms, including the latest in anxiety research how stop and smell the roses does increase happiness and well-being.