Memorable nature experiences enhance youth’s well-being

Article published

A research article written by Riikka Puhakka, Eemeli Hakoköngäs and Saana Peura has been published in Journal of Youth Studies. The study is based on artworks and related writings created by 15- to 16-year-old participants (N = 21) from art-oriented school classes in the city of Lahti, Finland. The findings indicate that memorable nature experiences arise not only in novel environments but can also be a part of everyday life. The findings highlight specific characteristics and activities, as well as the role of aesthetic sensation and feelings of refreshment and increased calm, as elements of memorable nature experiences. The represented experiences illustrate how natural settings can bring safety and comfort and enable coping with negative emotions and stress. Therefore, the study highlights the importance of recognizing the role of nature as part of urban youth’s everyday lives and well-being.

Journal of Youth Studies: The memorable nature experiences of youth: a phenomenological approach to visualized and written experiences