Whether you are moving into a new home or office, undergoing a major renovation, or just looking to change the look of your walls, there are many options from which to choose your themes, art, and decor. Making those decisions can be overwhelming and difficult. Of course, you will want to purchase those pieces that “spark joy,” but can wall art improve your life, your office environment, or the well-being of your customers?
1) My Nature Photography Makes You Happier & Calmer
Most would likely agree that nature elicits happiness and peace from deep within us. This reaction seems to be innate, leftover from time immemorial and surviving our urban concrete and metal lives. But is this gut instinct actually true? And if so, can it possibly apply to nature photography? One study found that men, in particular, experience decreased stress and anger levels when working in an office space decorated with images from nature. This discovery has been leveraged by medical offices, particularly dentists offices, to help keep their patients in a calm, happy state of mind. More overwhelmingly, according to the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, “Over 100 studies have shown that being in nature, living near nature, or even viewing nature in paintings and videos can have positive impacts on our brains, bodies, feelings, thought processes, and social interactions. In particular, viewing nature seems to be inherently rewarding, producing a cascade of positive emotions and calming our nervous systems. These in turn help us to cultivate greater openness, creativity, connection, generosity, and resilience” (emphasis mine).
2) My Nature Photography Makes You Healthier
Finding contentment in my nature photography is one thing, but it cannot possibly make you healthier, can it? Well, beyond the realization that increased happiness and decreased stress impacts your overall health, there are studies showing the positive health benefits of nature photography. One hospital study found that healing outcomes are improved because, “Nature images ... result in less pain and lower diastolic blood pressure…And if people feel better, they may heal faster.” Less pain also means less pain medication, which should be a concern for everyone as we hear daily about the opioid crisis. But you don’t have to be hospitalized or in pain to reap the benefits. Research suggests that nature photography can contribute to “your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. It may even reduce mortality.”
3) My Nature Photography Makes You More Connected
Our lives are hectic and we are far too often disconnected from nature and each other as we lose ourselves in today’s to-do list, worry about tomorrow, or avoid it all by staring at the devices in our hands. We’re subject to man-made preoccupations, distractions, and addictions - large and small. Just how many times a day do you look at your iPhone? Are you engaging with your friends and coworkers the way you would like? My guess is that you may not want to answer those questions. Do I even need to mention how divisive society feels these days? I have more good news for you! It has been found that viewing nature images, “leads to greater ‘prosocial’ tendencies—generosity, cooperation, and kindness.” I trust we all want more of those things!
4) My Nature Photography Makes You Smarter
If you were with me on the first three, you might still roll your eyes at the thought of my photographs making you smarter. I understand, but I have science to support this claim as well. A study requested by the BBC supports the hypothesis of “biophilia” which suggests that, “viewing nature should trigger a family of emotional processes that are inherently rewarding, and presumably calming to the nervous system. Those emotions in turn should guide cognitive processes – e.g., greater focus, openness, creativity, curiosity, imagination, empathy.”
Please do not misunderstand me. I am not suggesting that having peaceful landscapes hanging on your walls will solve all of your problems or cure your loved one’s cancer. It is not a miracle panacea. However, the micro-vacations that come from looking at nature scenes are essential. In our daily lives, it is all too easy to forget that there is a big - and beautiful - world out there full of people that need and are needed by each of us. Escaping the day-to-day trappings of life even briefly can provide a much needed reprieve. And study after study is starting to indicate that adorning your walls with my nature photography is a way to positively impact your mood, enhance your mental acuity, lower your stress, boost your health, heal faster, and connect with others. The list keeps getting longer and the benefits continue to sound better.
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