Holli-Anne Passmore, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
PSY 104 – Basic Psychological Processes
PSY 340 – Emotions and Behaviour
PSY 341 – Social Psychology
PSY 406 – Special Topics in Psychology: Language and Culture
PSY 408 – Special Topics in Psychology: Nature and Well-being
Nature: experiences in everyday nature, nature connectedness
Meaning in Life
Research and Interests
My research focuses broadly on well-being with two main streams—nature and meaning in life. With regard to nature, a primary focus of my work is the development and validation of practical interventions to enhance well-being and an emotional and psychological sense of connection with nature through noticing and engaging with everyday nature close to home. I am also interested in the emerging issue of eco-anxiety. With regard to meaning in life, I examine forecasting meaning and pathways that lead to greater meaning in life, particularly among university students. Of course, these two research streams also overlap. I collaborate with colleagues from around the globe, and am the academic lead for the Living Environment section of the Global Wellbeing Initiative, a partnership between Gallup and the Wellbeing for Planet Earth Foundation.
Nature—Meaning in Life Lab (Nature—MILL)
I am open to collaborating with and supervising students. If you are interested, please do email me.
Representative Selection of Publications
Passmore, H.-A., Martin, L., Richardson, M., White, M., Hunt, A., & Pahl, S. (in press). Parental/guardians’ connection to nature better predicts children’s nature connectedness than visits or area-level characteristics. Ecopsychology.
Richardson, M., Passmore, H-A., Lumber, R., Thomas, R., & Hunt, A. (2021). Moments, not minutes: The nature-wellbeing relationship. International Journal of Wellbeing, 11(1), 8-33. https://doi.org/10.5502/ijw.
Yang, Y., Wang, L., Passmore, H.-A., Zhang, J., & Zhu, L. (2021) Viewing nature scenes helps reduce the pain of social ostracism. Journal of Social Psychology, 161(2), 197-215. https://doi.org/10.1080/
Lambert, L., Lomas, T., van de Weijer, M., Passmore, H.-A., Joshanloo, M., Harter, J., … Deiner, E. (2020). A (new) global wellbeing measure: Because the world is ready. International Journal of Wellbeing, 10(2), 1-18. doi:10.5502/ijw.110i2.1037
Passmore, H.-A., Howell, A. J., & Holder, M. D. (2018). Positioning implicit theories of well-being within a positivity framework. Journal of Happiness Studies, 19, 2445-2463.
Capaldi, C. A., Passmore, H.-A., Ishii, R., Chistopolskaya, K. A., Vowinckel, J., Nikolaev, E. L., & Semikin, G. I. (2017). Engaging with natural beauty may be related to well-being because it connects people to nature: Evidence from three cultures. Ecopsychology, 9, 199-211.
Passmore, H.-A., & Holder. M. D. (2017) Noticing nature: Individual and social benefits of a two-week intervention. Journal of Positive Psychology, 12, 537-546.
Capaldi, C. A., Passmore, H.-A., Nisbet, E. K., Zelenski, J. M., & Dopko, R. L. (2015). Flourishing in nature: A review of the well-being benefits of connecting with nature and its application as a positive psychology intervention. International Journal of Wellbeing, 5, 1-16.
Lambert, L., Passmore, H.-A., & Holder, M. D. (2015). Foundational frameworks of positive psychology: Mapping well-being orientations. Canadian Psychology – Special Issue on Positive Psychology, 56, 311-321.
Passmore, H.-A., & Howell, A. J. (2014). Nature involvement increases hedonic and eudaimonic well-being: A two-week experimental study. Ecopsychology, 6, 148-154.
Passmore, H.-A., & Howell, A. J. (2014). Eco-Existential Positive Psychology: How experiences in nature can address our existential anxieties and contribute to well-being. The Humanistic Psychologist, 42, 370-388.
Howell, A. J., Passmore, H.-A., & Buro, K. (2013). Meaning in nature: Meaning in life as a mediator of the relationship between nature connectedness and well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 1681-1696.
Howell, A. J., Dopko, R. L., Passmore, H.-A., & Buro, K. (2011). Nature connectedness: Associations with well-being and mindfulness. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 166-171.
Book Chapters (* denotes student under my supervision):
*Geddes, O., & Passmore, H.-A. (invited chapter, submitted. in press due 2020). Green exercise: Actively flourishing in nature.
*Hunt, J. T., Howell, A. J., & Passmore, H.-A. (invited chapter, submitted, in press due 2020). In vivo nature exposure as a positive psychological intervention: A review of the impact of nature interventions on well-being.
*Lutz, P. K., & Passmore, H.-A. (2019). Repercussions of individual and societal valuing of happiness. In In L. Lambert & N. Pasha-Zaidi (Eds.), Positive psychology in the Middle East / North Africa: Research, policy, and practice (pp. 363-390). Springer.
Passmore, H.-A., & Howell, A. J. (2016). Seeds of hope. In Leo Bormans (Ed.), The World Book of Hope. Lannoo Publishers.
Howell, A. J., Keyes, C. L.M., & Passmore, H.-A. (2013). Flourishing among children and adolescents: Structure and correlates of positive mental health, and interventions for its enhancement. In P. Alex Linley & C. Proctor (Eds.), Positive psychology: Research, applications and interventions for children and adolescents (pp. 59-80). Springer.
Howell, A. J., & Passmore, H.-A. (2013). The nature of happiness: Nature affiliation and mental well-being. In C. L. M. Keyes (Ed.), Mental well-being: International contributions to the study of positive mental health (pp. 231-257). Springer.
Representative Selection of Invited Talks
Passmore, H.-A. (2020, October). Nature connectedness: Essential, distinct element of well-being. Global Wellbeing Summit: Gallup and Wellbeing for Planet Earth Foundation. Tokyo, Japan. [virtual meeting due to COVID-19]
Passmore, H.-A. (2020, April). Nature connectedness during the pandemic restrictions. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Staff Development Day. Derby, UK – via video meeting.
Passmore, H.-A. (2019, August). Connecting with nature through the lens of a positive psychology researcher. Clubhouse Farm and Kelowna School District 23 Professional Development Day. Kelowna, BC.
Passmore, H.-A. (2019, August). The human-nature connection: Essential well-being for the world. International Well-Being Summit: Reinventing the concept of well-being. LiFull Foundation and Gallup World Poll. Kyoto, Japan.
Passmore, H.-A. (2018, December). Parks, well-being, and broader social benefits. Parks Services – Regional District of Central Kelowna, Kelowna, BC.
Passmore, H.-A. (2018, May). Nearby urban nature: More than just a pretty sight. 4th Biennial Convention of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, Toronto, ON.
Representative Selection of Research in the Media
Noticing nature: Helping us cope with physical distancing restrictions of COVID19. [radio interviews] (2020, March). BBC Radio Derby; BBC Radio Scotland.
Finding beauty in the everyday: Noticing Nature. [podcast interview] (2019, October.) Greater Good In Action: Podcast – The Science of Happiness.
Eco-anxiety and the climate strike. [podcast interview]. (2019, September.) Terra-Informa – CJSR Radio.
Noticing this in everyday life linked to ‘significantly higher’ level of happiness. (2017, November). New York Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/noticing-linked-significantly-higher-level-happiness-article-1.3615158