1.The Real Happiness Project
Nathalie Gordon, Creative
A winner, not just because everybody loves sloths, but because Nathalie Gordon, BBC Earth and Berkley University have scientifically proven that watching natural history content makes humans feel happier.
"The research conducted with Professor Dacher Keltner, an expert in the psychology of emotion at the University of California, Berkeley, found that watching natural history programming, like Planet Earth II, can lead to a significant increase in positive emotions like awe, wonder and joy. It can also lead to significant decreases in negative emotions like nervousness, anxiety, fear, sadness and depression" - Nathalie Gordon
This research project reveals that sitting on your sofa and listening to the soothing voice of David Attenbrough over the dazzling visuals of our natural planet, is actually good for our mental health.
In 2016, Planet Earth's popularity amongst younger viewers was revealed by the BBC. This signifies that young people are not only in tune with the importance of the natural world, but that such grand scale projects are having a positive impact on people's emotion.
That's one reason to smile this Earth Day. To read Nathalie Gordon's full project, click here.
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Words: Robyn Sian Cusworth