Nature. Health. Happiness
Enhancing Well-being and Mental Resilience
Kua Ee Heok | Vincent Chong | Angelia Sia | Jade Kua
Wee Sin Tho | Wee Geok Hua | Nigel Taylor | Maxel Ng | Paul Bhathal | Tham Xin Kai | Alicia Soh | Ted Ng Kheng Siang | Tan Chay Hoon | Hong Hai | Wilson Wong
“I have no doubt there will be something and more in this book for everyone who is interested In Nature and in walking as a personal or social activity in our parks and forests.”
Chairman, National Parks Board, Singapore
In his foreword
“This book will change your mind.”
Emeritus Professor Scott Henderson
The Australian National University, Canberra
Due to rapid urbanisation, an increasing number of people are now living in cities, losing their connection with nature. In recent years, numerous studies have shown that living near greenery helps people live longer, healthier and happier lives.
The Nature and Mindful Awareness Study (NaMAS) discussed in Chapter 2 of the book has indicated that walking mindfully in the rainforest can enhance well-being and mental resilience. Our findings mirrors that of previous studies held in Japan and United States.
“If people were to visit forests to improve their health, they would be more likely to protect them.”
Director-General of the Japanese Agency of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Singapore is blessed with an abundance of nature. The Singapore Botanic Gardens has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is the first tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO list. We should leverage on this abundance for activities that enhance resilience, enrich life and foster ageing well.
Published in collaboration with NParks and Mind Science Centre, this book is composed of articles, both scientific studies and reflections, written by various contributors united by Prof Kua’s belief in the positive effects of nature for our well-being.
While based on scientific research, this book was written with the general public in mind. It highlights not just research findings but also direct translation efforts that readers can also try themselves.
“A magnificent wide-ranging book – wonderfully clear, engaging and practical.”
President, Gerontological Society, Singapore
It is our hope that experiencing the benefits of nature and nature-based activities on our physical, mental, and social well-being will bring forth a new love for nature. The importance of greenery for the environment, our livelihood, and our well-being is undeniable.
We truly believe that there is an urgent to preserve our greenery for the next generation to revel in.
“This beautiful book teaches us to be kind to ourselves, family, friends and the forest.”
Dr William Wan
General Secretary, Singapore Kindness Movement