Thinking about refreshing your environment to give you a little boost? Consider biophilia. Coined by psychologist Erich Fromm in 1964, the term roughly translates to ‘love of life’, and as a design style it’s meant to connect humans with their natural world to improve their overall wellbeing. 

The Global Wellness Summit reckons biophilia is more than just a trend: it’s the long-term future of architecture and design, focusing on bringing parts of the natural world into built environments in a way that contributes to health and productivity.

Biophilic design can reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve our wellbeing and expedite healing,” says a report on improving wellbeing in the built environment by Terrapin Bright Green.

Add some biophilia to your home office by bringing in natural elements such as fresh-cut flowers and potted plants, moving your desk near a sunny window and opening windows from time to time so fresh air can circulate through the space. 

Considering Americans spend roughly 90 per cent of their lives inside, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, a little bit of biophilia could go a long way.

Her shapewear products might be tight, but her purse strings certainly aren’t! Spanx Founder and CEO Sara Blakely surprised her employees with first-class plane tickets to anywhere in the world and US$10,000 in spending money after private equity firm Blackstone bought a majority stake in the company, valuing it at US$1.2 billion.

Her why? “I really want every employee to celebrate this moment in their own way and create a memory that will last a lifetime,” she says.

Sara started Spanx 22 years ago with US$5,000 of her own savings and a dream. When people laughed at her goals, she ignored them and plowed forward. Now she’s laughing all the way to the bank as a self-made billionaire. 

Creativity in the workplace is linked to a host of benefits from better teamwork, increased engagement and boosted morale to improved retention rates and better problem-solving capabilities.

The only catch is, creativity is not a passive process. So don’t wait for inspiration to strike: make it strike. 

Three ways to overcome mental resistance: 

Movement: regular physical activity, even something as simple as walking, has been shown to boost creativity. 

Environment: surround yourself with items that spark your interest and seek out stimulating environments to facilitate creativity.

Boredom: studies have shown that boredom gives people time to daydream, which unleashes creativity. So instead of filling every idle moment with apps and emails, try to give yourself time to simply be.

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