How The Environment Affects Human Health

975 Words Oct 27th, 2015 4 Pages
Scientists believe that a pleasant environment can relieve mental stress. However, there is a poor understanding of how the environment affects human health, due to lack of conclusive study in this field. The relationship between people and their environment is known as topophilia. Ogunseitan pinpoints the main characteristics of restorative landscapes in a representative population, according to the four categories connected to topophilia: synesthetic tendency (the combination of sensory stimuli and memory of a place), environmental familiarity, cognitive challenge, and ecodiversity. In Ogunseitan’s study, he assessed stressed humans using the World Health Organization’s (WHO) quality of life survey (WHOQOL-Bref). Quality of life (QOL) can be defined as someone’s satisfaction of their life, factoring in their culture, values, standards, goals, and expectations. This 26-question WHOQOL-Bref survey shows reliability across the four domains of health: physical health, psychological well-being, social relationships, and environmental support. In his study, Ogunseitan hypothesized that those with a high QOL have a higher probability paying attention to their environment, and that the preference for ecodiversity corresponds to high QOL. Ogunseitan used WHOQOL-Bref surveys that asked people about their preference for flowers, water bodies, etc. The results highlight specific characteristics of environments and landscapes that have a higher probability of increasing QOL and…
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