It’s in your biology to be affected by what’s around you; specialised cells in your brain actually pick up on the geometry and layout of the space around you. So if the brain deigns it important enough to have its own region, I reckon we should pay more attention to it. We have an innate awareness of our environment, choosing, without realising it, to occupy spaces that affect us positively.
Ten years ago, a socioeconomic study of England showed that risk of circulatory disease was improved in greener areas.
But what’s this got to do with glamping?
Are you frustrated?
Not sleeping well?
High blood pressure?
Feeling off but you can’t quite put your finger on why?
You might have Nature Deficit Disorder.
This common and potentially serious mindset is easily cured. It’s caused by a lack of connection to a natural environment. You need to get back to nature. Doing so makes you feel alive, improving physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
If you're interested, read this article on the effects of nature by Positive psychology.
The Environment Can Influence Mood
As Prof. Kate Jeffery put it at Conscious Cities, we’re ‘creatures of the place we’re in’.
The Environment Can Influence Peoples’ Behaviour and Motivation to Act
Winston Churchill has many a famous quote, but while considering repairing the House of Commons post WWII he quipped how ‘We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us’. This is part of the psychology behind a need for unusual places to stay, when you dig deep enough to uncover where the supposed fashion for quirky accommodation has come from – it’s been a long time coming. People are strongly affected by the appearance of buildings. Colin Ellard (author of You Are here, the inspiration for our Cathartic Cartography post) found that more interesting exteriors affected people in the most positive way, with plain boring aesthetics being negative. findings And that’s the beauty of the Great Outdoors, ever-changing, always something to look at.
So, take an interesting place to stay and put it in a natural environment and you’ve got yourself a very positive place to be.
The Environment Can Influence Interactions Among People
Ever heard that adage that you can be in a room full of people but be the loneliest person in the room? That’s the effect city living can have. You’re surrounded by people but they’re all strangers, the design of the city does not allow social relationships to thrive. And to thrive is to live. Taking time out in the countryside gives you space to talk to the people you meet; the person in the post office when posting your postcards (yes that’s still a thing in rural England), the farmer at the gate, the dog walker plus dog on your leafy lane walk. Oh, and whoever you bring on holiday with you.
Reacting to space
We’ve talked before about How To Get Lost and the benefits it can bring but it aims to teach you how to use your environment to help you both in getting lost and not getting lost. Whilst Churchill had a point about the effect of buildings shaping us, clever people have concluded that people need to have some form of control over their environment in order to feel totally happy. Familiarise yourself with the unfamiliar and learn to control where you are and where you want to be. Get lost to reset your bad habits, then find yourself to start feeling happy again.
Just being out and about in natural light boosts the immune system, increases the feel-good hormone dopamine and lowers your levels of stress hormone cortisol (the immune-suppressor). So get out glamping, you!
Take it home with you
Exeter University found out that simply having a plant on your desk at work will increase your productivity by up to 15%.
Simple and effective.
And a nice momento of your time spent glamping.