Conservation of nature is as important for human happiness and well-being as financial security

Β© by GrrlScientist for Forbes | Twitter | Newsletter

A bluebird of happiness. Adult male mountain bluebird (Sialia currucoides). (Credit: Sunny / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery β€” air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, β€œThis is what it is to be happy.”

β€” Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar