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Everyday Enviro with Elise - Doing good feels good

Date: 01-Jul-20
Author: Elise Catterall

Turns out there are more benefits to eco-friendly activities than just those that meet the eye test.

Turns out there are more benefits to eco-friendly activities than just those that meet the eye test.

For a long time, the idea of adopting environmentally responsible behaviours has been linked with the idea of sacrifice, deprivation, inconvenience, or even just too much extra effort. Despite all that, many of us have pushed through those barriers to adopt behaviours that are for the greater good.

This might have been small behaviours like remembering our reusables or investing in longer lasting products. It might have been bigger behaviours like changing how we commute or travel or installing solar power in our homes. It would make sense to think that we have pushed through because it’s the right thing to do, but there is now a decent body of research showing there are serious psychological benefits to being green.

For some behaviours, the reason eco-conscious options feel good are kind of obvious – for instance, walking or cycling instead of driving to work improves our wellbeing due to a combination of endorphin release, stress avoidance (i.e., traffic), and the positive impacts of exercise generally. Another example, switching to a plant-based diet, may also improve psychological wellbeing from a nutritional perspective.

Other behaviours can benefit our mental health in a range of other ways:


So, next time you are faced with the person who thinks composting is too hard, or they can’t be bothered to take their soft plastics back for recycling, you can let them know that there are many additional benefits to adopting positive environmental behaviours beyond direct environmental benefits. Who wouldn’t want that?

See you next time! - Elise

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Elise                                             Catterall
Author: Elise Catterall

Elise is a writer, photographer, and naturopath with a passion for nature. She completed a Master of Public Health in 2017 through the University of Sydney. Her photographic work focuses on flowers and plants as a way of celebrating nature. She has been writing for Planet Ark since 2017, sharing positive environment stories, personal environmental experiences and perspectives.

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