Doing what comes naturally?

To mark Earth Day (22nd April) Carol Harper took a look at how our connection with nature has sustained us during this pandemic year.

“One of the fundamental premises of Human Givens is that as human beings we exist according to the law of all living things,” she says. “For the tiniest insect, the giant sequoia tree or blue whale to survive, thrive and reproduce themselves, the right nutriments must be available in their environment. Our own physical needs must be balanced: we should pay attention to how our internal biome is nourished, as well as taking appropriate exercise and getting sufficient sleep. Vitally for humans, our ability to get our emotional needs met in healthy ways in our environment is at the heart of our understanding of mental health.”

You can read Carol’s full article – Doing What Comes Naturally? – here.

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Read Carol's other HG News articles

  • Let the Children Play – Carol considers how we can use the insights from the human givens approach to protect and improve our children’s mental health – not only during the current crisis but for the long-term …
  • Mapping the Mind – Carol explores how the HG approach can help us to adjust our perspectives and better understand both ourselves and the challenges we face …
  • The Stories of our Lives – Carol looks at the power of story and how a sense of wonder leads to connection and meaning.
  • Giving Hope in Troubled Times – Carol considers how the HG approach can help us to manage expectations, adapt to our new reality and develop resilience.
  • Unconscious Bias – With debates raging around racism, cultural conditioning and freedom of speech, Carol reflects on the problem of unconscious bias.
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