Business Magazine

How Wood Makes Us Feel Good

By Homesmsp @HomesMSP

As any Realtor can attest to, wood can be a big deal for buyers. Beyond the anecdotal findings of what individual clients want, the data bears this out: According to a poll by the National Association of REALTORS, more than 50% of home buyers are willing to pay more for a home with hardwood flooring. There are numerous reasons buyers might want hardwood floors—cleanliness, ease of maintenance, and hypoallergenic-ness to name a few. Recent findings indicate there could be another reason beyond the practical: Having wood in the home could have positive effects on our physiology.

Stacked_wood

Released last month, a report commissioned by Planet Ark, an Australian not-for-profit environmental organization, the ‘Wood – Housing, Health, Humanity’ report explored several studies regarding the health and well-being benefits of wooden interiors. Whether in homes, businesses, or places of learning and healing, the overall findings suggest that “being surrounded by wood at home, work or school has positive effects on the body, the brain and the environment,” said Chris Philpot, Make it Wood Campaign Manager at Planet Ark.

The report findings further suggest that wood surroundings can have tangible effects on physical health, including shortened hospital stays and reduced recovery times. By eliciting feelings of natural warmth and comfort, effects ranged from lowered blood pressure and heart rates, to reduced stress and anxiety and increased positive social interactions.

The report doesn’t indicate whether products that are not constructed of, but made to look like wood (laminate flooring, for instance, or ceramic tile painted with wood-like appearance) have the same effect. And, if updating the home, it's important to consider the source, as we've learned from the recent kerfuffle regarding the make up and composition of Lumber Liquidators flooring products. 

Angela Anderson, 612-396-3654

Realtor, Results Support Services: EMAIL — BIO

Licensed Associate Working with Sharlene Hensrud of RE/MAX Results, and HomesMSP — Sharlene, John, Angela

Related Articles:

  • Can Snow (or Frozen Lakes, at Least) Make us Happier?
  • Asbestos in the Home: What's the Best Course of Action?

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • A Week with Foodie Explorers 15th July 2018

    Week with Foodie Explorers 15th July 2018

    24 total views, 24 views today A relatively quiet week for us Glasgow foodies.  Monday was spent chillin out enjoying the weather.  Tuesday we wandered along... Read more

    The 17 July 2018 by   Emma
    DESTINATIONS, DINING OUT, FOOD & DRINK
  • Virginia to Vegas at the 2018 Calgary Stampede

    Virginia to Vegas... to Calgary. The Toronto-based indie/pop star came to the Coca-Cola Stage at the 2018 Calgary Stampede to open for Lights on a Friday... Read more

    The 17 July 2018 by   Phjoshua
    LIFESTYLE, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Jivana Heyman Interviewed by Shelly Prosko

    Jivana Heyman Interviewed Shelly Prosko

    Have you noticed that even though our blog is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, in California, many of our contributors live in different places throughout... Read more

    The 17 July 2018 by   Ninazolotow
    FITNESS, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING
  • Guest Blogger: Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.: Killer Pen Pals

    Guest Blogger: Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.: Killer Pals

    Killer Pen Pals Whenever I give talks about my work, people sometimes ask how they can be pen pals with a serial killer. They've gotten hooked on true crime... Read more

    The 17 July 2018 by   Dplylemd
    BOOKS, CULTURE, HEALTH, MEDICINE
  • Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3

    Cessna 525B CitationJet

    @ General William J. Fox Airfield, Lancaster, CA March 2018 Captured during the rehearsal for the Los Angeles County Airshow, this CitiationJet taxis in after... Read more

    The 17 July 2018 by   Htam
    PHOTOGRAPHY, SOCIETY
  • Prehistoric Environmentalists Kept the Mammoth Alive

    A few thousand years ago, the world was a very different place. An ice age was raging, and with it came all sorts of weird and wonderful animals; like the... Read more

    The 17 July 2018 by   Reprieve
    BIOLOGY, SCIENCE
  • Then and Now: Sailing Baja Nine Years Later

    Then Now: Sailing Baja Nine Years Later

    What’s your favorite place? We’ve heard this question a lot lately. Jamie’s current answer to the “best place” question is that he has 100 top ten favorites. Read more

    The 17 July 2018 by   Behan Gifford
    FAMILY, OUTDOORS, SEA, TRAVEL