Connect With Nature—and Grow Your Emotional ROI

Feb. 11th, 2020 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

Have you given much thought to your connection to nature?

“Nature connectedness” is a concept that has been subject to research and is built on three components: cognitive, affective, and behavioral—how integrated you feel with nature, how much you care about nature, and how much you are willing to protect it. 

At McAdam Landscaping, we have the privilege of creating environments that allow us to cultivate this innate, emotional connection to the world around us. Because of this, we encourage homeowners to view their house as more than the walls that contain your indoors and their landscape as more than a piece of land.

Of course, this doesn’t mean an extravagant entertaining space with an outdoor kitchen is a must. But we foster viewing your outdoors as an extension of your home that can add more joy and fulfillment to your daily life.

Engaging with plants, animals, insects, or things as simple as the warmth of the sun and a soft breeze, the outdoors is wholly rewarding for you and the guests you entertain. As spring nears, we look forward to designing and creating beautiful and functional spaces that nurture harmony between humans and nature. And any time of year, with an appreciation for the impact of nature connectedness, we look out for ways to boost your enjoyment and emotional ROI.

This installment of "Ask the Plant Expert" will be published in the February 12, 2020 edition of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, the Forest Park Review and the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.