Wellbeing through wildlife

For us city dwellers, the small miracles Nature offers are priceless. A gosling snacking on wild flowers yesterday in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington had passers by stop in their tracks to observe. Smiles, nods, laughs, and total absorption in the miniature goose’s confident snapping of fresh greens, for its tea, were contagious.

According to a report* by RSPB, wildlife contributes to our wellbeing. New research quoted in the report shows the proximity and and quality of nature affects our psychological wellbeing. Daunting statistics** published by WHO (World Health Organization) say globally more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression, making it a leading cause of disability worldwide, and a major contributor to the global burden of disease.

A patch of green and a fluffy gosling in an urban giant like London may seem like a drop in the ocean in the face of a rising global emotional state that has far-reaching  damaging effects on people. However it serves to remind us that a green space where wildlife can be observed close up, is a sure remedy to lift our spirits, and settle our stress almost instantaneously, at no cost.

Wonderful.

* http://www.rspb.org.uk/Images/wellbeing_tcm9-132872.pdf

** http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/

© Amanda Yensa Manor 2015

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