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Green space can make people happier for years

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Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2014 01:52 AM by AlexMuller

Nearly 10 years after the term “nature deficit disorder” entered the nation’s vocabulary, research is showing for the first time that green space does appear to improve mental health in a sustained way. The report gives urban park advocates another argument in support of their cause.

 

 
Mathew P. White and colleagues note that mental well-being is a major public health issue, with unipolar depressive disorder the leading cause of disability in middle- to high-income countries. Some research suggests that part of the blame for this unhappiness lies in increased urbanization, nearly 80 percent of the world’s population in more developed regions live in city environments, which tend to have little room for nature.
 
Other studies suggest a link between happiness and green space, but no research had convincingly established cause and effect of nature on well-being over time. To help fill that gap, White’s team decided to examine the issue.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-15
+2
We all assumed that green spaces and mental health are linked and that green spaces can help with mental illnesses. It is good that that such intuitive assumptions are now supported by data and that the effects are lasting
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-15
+1
Yes, these findings add to evidence that suggests increasing green spaces in cities - such as parks and gardens - could deliver substantial benefits to public health. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-15
+3
The fact that moving to greener urban areas was associated with sustained mental health improvements should influence environmental policies to implement an increase in urban green spaces
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-15
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These findings should be important for urban planners thinking about introducing new green spaces to our towns and cities Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-15
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I would love to be where this picture was taken, fantastic place Reply


 

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