Definition of livelihood


The narrow definition of livelihood is a means of securing the necessities of life. The basic needs for survival are food, water, clothing and shelter. But living in a country like England, where the basic necessities are provided, there’s also a sub category: tools, knowledge, common sense and happiness/well being.

Evidence shows that people have enhanced happiness/well-being through a connection with nature and, in a country where the variety of wildlife species common throughout Europe is sadly depleted, badgers are one of the most common species with whom people interact on a regular basis – through photography, observations and feeding in gardens where they become part of tan extended family.

In February 2016 the University of Derby & Wildlife Trusts showed that from an estimated 300,000 engagements with nature by participants there were sustained increases in both happiness and health:

In 2011, a published paper also showed that links between nature connection and happiness have been established:

Nisbet EK, Zelenski JM, Murphy SA. Happiness is in our nature: Exploring nature relatedness as a contributor to subjective well-being. J Happiness Stud. 2011 Apr 1;12(2):303–322.

The need to address global issues like declining biodiversity and the need for healthy lifestyles that reduce demands on our health services can both benefit from increasing people’s connection to nature:

Happiness also relies on people trusting Government and policies. However, increasingly, there is a lack of trust in the main building blocks of our democracy.  Is this important?

Common sense says yes and is backed up by various renowned institutions eg: “Lack of trust compromises the willingness of citizens and business to respond to public policies and contribute to a sustainable economic recovery.”