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Proximity to Parks Boosts Happiness, Study Finds
April 24, 2013

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Parks are good for our well-being, a new study has found.

The study, to be published in the journal Psychological Science, found that people who lived in area with parks and other areas of greenery experienced a jump in well-being and life satisfaction, much more than people who lived in areas surrounded by concrete or steel.

Researchers have found similar results in past studies, largely through anecdotal evidence and over short periods of time. The latest study, however, incorporated data from 17 years of research from across the U.S. Researchers tracked the same group of people as they moved jobs, house, and cities. The study accounted for population, health, crime rate, and other ways that living areas could be different from one another.

In the study, people who lived near green spaces experienced a happiness boost equal to one-third of that they reported when getting married or having children. The same people reported a stronger urge to view problems as ultimately solvable. The research also turned up fewer cases of mental distress and domestic violence.



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