Think of the feeling you get when you’re in a vibrant forest, as the birds sing and the sun illuminates the leaves above you.
Think of the feeling you get when you sit in a quiet garden, the floral aromas wafting lazily through the air as butterflies dance from flower to flower.
Do you feel content? Calm? Joyous?
What you’re experiencing is called biophilia.
What is Biophilia?
Biophilia is the love of other forms of living systems. If you want to dive further into the definition, it’s the innate, subconscious desire to connect with other living things in order to find contentment. In short, it’s finding joy in nature. The concept of biophilia has been explored by numerous psychologists and philosophers, including Aristotle.
What is the Biophilia Hypothesis?
The Biophilia Hypothesis was presented in 1973 by Erich Fromm, a German-American psychoanalyst. This theory takes biophilia beyond the joy derived from floral life-forms. Rather than having a penchant for plants, the Biophilia hypothesis pontificates that the connection to natural systems is written in our genes. At one time, humans were constantly surrounded by natural elements; our very survival depended on being aware of our natural surroundings.
Biophilia and Wellness
Fromm might have been onto something with his theory. Studies have shown that exposure to plant life can cause a reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression. This correlates with other studies showing an improvement in sleep. Plants have long been used for their medicinal properties in the treatment of varying ailments. These fascinating small scale studies indicate a potential for bigger picture discoveries in the connection between humans and plant life.
The Challenge with Biophilia Today
Think of your surroundings on a daily basis. Do you work in an office complex? Do you commute in a vehicle? Humans spend more time indoors now more than ever. It’s theorized that our increased dependence on technology has created a disconnect with the natural world around us. On the flip side, the same technology has allowed scientists to learn more about the natural world at a molecular level. When it comes to the biophilia theory versus technology, the phrase “technology is a double-edged sword” comes to mind.
How to Fuel Your Inner Biophiliac
There are numerous simple ways to get back in touch with nature. Here are a few favorite methods from Bloom:
Visit a local conservatory or nature preserve
Volunteer at a community garden
Spend time outdoors and tech-free
Incorporate interior plants and fresh flowers into your home decor scheme
Advocate for a Green Wall in your office
10% of every interior plant purchase at Bloom is donated to local environmental initiatives. But remember, nature isn’t just about the flora. Animals make up a significant part of the natural world too! That’s why 10% of every event package at Bloom is donated to local animal shelters. Our mission is to help people find their passion through petals!
Now it’s your turn: how do you connect with nature?