An analysis of feng shui techniques that are compatible with today’s emphasis on providing spaces that promote health and well being in the workplace. Feng shui originated in China and is a belief system in which there is a spiritual relationship between the physical elements of nature and human-made environments to create the right balance of energy for harmony in one’s space. First, the variety of spaces provide occupants a sense of control by having a choice of places to work. According to feng shui, plants and the abundance of natural light give a sense of vitality to space, and psychologically they trigger a positive response, as green can contribute to stress reduction and enhance creativity – which is excellent for professional performance. Science has shown that we link curvy shapes with comfort and more angular ones with efficiency; spaces that feature curvy design elements seem more comfortable to us. A view to the outside and nature provides positive feelings and are ways to bring the yin into the yang of most office spaces in feng shui and support the critical process of cognitive refreshment, which is well-researched by scientists. Feng shui-wise this space incorporates a balance of yin and yang which also aligns with positive cognitive reactions when there are a balance and compatibility of design elements within a space.
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