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He is richest who is content with the least for content is the wealth of nature SocratesNature has much to offer to mostly all of the living creatures on earth Since the early 1980s environmental psychologists have studied the health effects of contact with nature Bratman Gregory According to Edward E Wilson all living creatures are wired to have a delight for nature Wilson has devised a word biophilia meaning the innate tendency of human beings to focus on life and lifelike processes and connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of lifeBiophilia Biophilia or love of life was first used in Wilsons book Biophilia in 1984 which explored this notion in full detail Biophilia Biophilic design contributes to the physical emotional and intellectual health of urban residents by enhancing connections with other living beings or with the natural world by creating a life enhancing environment Having a biophilic design in a building that allows natural light to enter a room is crucial for living things Humans will physically come into contact with this light The physical contact allows humans to harness essential biological stimulants in order to be emotionally and intellectually healthy Natural light is different from artificial lighting According to a researcher L Edwards at the NREL US Department Of Energy natural lighting is biologically healthier than artificial lighting The researcher states Different wavelengths or spectral distributions of light have different effects on the human body Most electrical light sources lack the spectral distribution needed for complete biological functions although full-spectrum fluorescent lighting does come close to that of natural light Cruickshank Judith Natural light needs to shine within buildingsLight is a beneficial and vital biologic resource affecting everyone medically and environmentally By natural light humans are capable of producing vitamin D a hormone essential for the life-long development and maintenance of the bodys skeleton Thiem Laura J As increasing numbers of people work in windowless environments
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