IVY MUSE FOUNDERS ALANA LANGAN AND JACQUI VIDAL ON HOW TO CULTIVATE WELLBEING AT HOME WITH PLANTS

Alana Langan and Jacqui Vidal, the founders of botanical emporium Ivy Muse, explain biophilia in the home.

When you think of nature, how do you feel? Relaxed? Invigorated? Happy? Most people don’t need convincing to get out into nature. Without even realising it, we’re inherently drawn to the natural world. That’s biophilia.

The word “biophilia” was introduced in the 1960s by social psychologist Erich Fromm and later popularised by biologist Edward Osborne Wilson in his 1984 book, Biophilia. Wilson explored the theory that humans have an innate desire to connect with other forms of life, a deep-seated affinity with the natural world built up over human evolution.

Biophilia can be summed up as an intuitive love of life and living systems. Biophilia encourages us to slow down and pay attention to our surroundings. Maybe you can smell wisteria on the breeze through an open window or feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. Perhaps you can hear a chorus of birdsong outside or notice the calming effects of a walk in the forest. In its multitude of forms, biophilia soothes us deep within.
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