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Happiness Lies in Green Localities

Mental health data showed that the people who moved to greener locations were a happier lot

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Happiness Lies in Green Localities
Happiness Lies in Green Localities. Pixabay

Is there a direct link between greenery and happiness? New research says there is.

To figure out if nature makes people feel better in the long run, scientists in Britain compared the mental health of hundreds of people who went from an urban area to a greener one with those who moved in the opposite direction.

Mental health data showed that the people who moved to greener locations were a happier lot.

“Moving to greener urban areas was associated with sustained mental health improvements, suggesting that environmental policies to increase urban green space may have sustainable public health benefits,” said Mathew P. White, lead author of the research.

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Mental well-being is a major public health issue across the world, with unipolar depressive disorder being the leading cause of disability in middle to high-income countries, said the study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Britain’s leading research and training agency addressing economic and social concerns.

Part of the blame for this unhappiness lies in increased urbanisation – nearly 80 percent of the world’s population in more developed regions live in city environments, which tend to have little room for nature, said the study appeared in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. (IANS)

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New Study Suggests Living Near Parks and Nature Linked to Greater Happiness

Parks near home good for your mental health

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Green space within 300 metres of home had the greatest influence on mental well-being. Pixabay

Living within 300 metres of urban green space such as parks, nature reserves or play areas is associated with greater happiness, sense of worth and life satisfaction, says a new study.

Using data from UK government’s Annual Population Survey (APS) of 25,518 people, the researchers show that people who live within 300 metres of green space have significantly better mental well-being.

“A lot of research focuses on poor mental health, or single aspects of well-being like life satisfaction. What makes our work different is the way we consider multi-dimensional mental well-being in terms of happiness, life satisfaction and worth,” said Victoria Houlden from the University of Warwick.

The study, published in the journal Applied Geography, found that there is a very strong relationship between the amount of green space around a person’s home and their feelings of life satisfaction, happiness, and self-worth.

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The study found that proximity to green space was more important than lifestyle factors such as employment, income and general health. Pixabay

Green space within 300 metres of home had the greatest influence on mental well-being.

The study found that proximity to green space was more important than lifestyle factors such as employment, income and general health.

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“By combining advanced statistical and mapping methods, we’ve shown that the effect is real and substantial. Basically we’ve proven what everyone has always assumed was true,” said Scott Weich, Professor at the University of Sheffield. (IANS)