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Civic EcologyAdaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up$
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Marianne E. Krasny and Keith G. Tidball

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028653

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028653.001.0001

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Stewardship, Health, and Well-Being

Stewardship, Health, and Well-Being

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(p.100) (p.101) 6 Stewardship, Health, and Well-Being
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Civic Ecology
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Marianne E. Krasny

Keith G. Tidball

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028653.003.0007

Hundreds of studies have documented the benefits of being able to see nature, and to take or walk or otherwise be in nature, on human health and well-being. These benefits may be physical, like reducing stress and recovery times in hospitals, cognitive like increasing concentration and the ability to do well on problem-solving tests, and social interactions as when trees in cities provide a place for people to gather, share stories, create social bonds and even reduce crime rates. A handful of studies have also documented the impact of actively stewarding nature on well-being, including enabling older adults to feel as if they are leaving a legacy for their children and grandchildren and for the environment. Other stewardship outcomes include feelings of accomplishment or self-efficacy and of empowerment. Because civic ecology practices involve both being in nature and actively stewarding nature, we can expect significant health and well-being outcomes for civic ecology stewards.

Keywords:   Nature contact, Nature and human health, Stewardship, Forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku), Nature and stress, Legacy, Self-efficacy, Empowerment, Ash trees, Emerald ash borer

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