Happiness Conference Webinar: Nature Matters


The current global epidemics of obesity, cardiovascular disease and depression are all related to urbanization and modern lifestyle, which are plagued by disconnection from nature. Most alarmingly, younger generations are affected in increasing amounts.

In this talk, Dr Miina Öhman will tell about numerous studies that support the positive association of exposure to nature and the improvement in mental and physical health in all age groups, with the most constantly shown benefits for child and adolescent mental health.

Accessibility and engagement with nature and natural environments can reduce stress and anxiety, and alleviate anger and depressive symptoms. Immersive nature experiences have been shown to increase psychological wellbeing by improving resilience, cognitive performance and social/relationship skills, as well as general relaxation. Physical benefits of nature exposure include lowering of blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone levels. Additional health benefits of nature immersion can include improved immune system and reduction in inflammatory cells

Attendance of this panel discussion is FREE.
This session is part of the annual Happiness Conference, organised by Happiness Initiative supported by National Youth Council.

P.S. The Zoom link for this webinar will be given to you automatically upon registration.

Dr Miina Öhman
Senior Research Fellow, Duke-NUS
Dr. Miina Öhman is a physician scientist – and an outdoors enthusiast - originally from Finland, where she obtained her Medical Doctor degree, and worked as a clinician in Emergency Medicine and Primary Care.
Dr. Öhman is interested in why disconnection from nature can derail our physical and mental well-being, and how exposure to nature and greenness can promote human health.

Happiness Initiative is a social enterprise that translates the science of happiness and well-being into actions people can take.

Hence, helping people live a more fulfilling life and take a preventive approach towards mental health conditions.

We focus on three areas - raising awareness on the science of wellbeing, translating research into practice and programmes, and building a community that promotes the practice of wellbeing.

At NYC, we believe in a world where young people are respected and heard, and have the ability to influence and make a difference to the world. Together with our partners, we develop future-ready youth who are committed to Singapore by instilling in them a heart for service, resilience and an enterprising spirit.

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Sat Dec 5, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM SGT
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