Navigation Links
Green spaces may boost well-being for city slickers
Date:4/22/2013

People who live in urban areas with more green space tend to report greater well-being than city dwellers who don't have parks, gardens, or other green space nearby, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Examining data from a national longitudinal survey of households in the United Kingdom, Mathew White and colleagues at the European Centre for Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School found that individuals reported less mental distress and higher life satisfaction when they were living in greener areas. And this association held even after the researchers accounted for changes in participants' income, employment, marital status, physical health, and housing type.

White and colleagues were surprised by the scale of the effects of living in a greener area in comparison to 'big hitting' life events, such as marriage and employment:

"Living in an urban area with relatively high levels of green space compared to one with relatively low levels of green space was associated with a positive impact on well-being equivalent to roughly a third of the impact of being married vs. unmarried and a tenth of the impact of being employed vs. unemployed."

The results show that, even stacked up against other factors that contribute to life satisfaction, living in a greener area had a significant effect.

"These kinds of comparisons are important for policymakers when trying to decide how to invest scarce public resources, e.g. for park development or upkeep, and figuring out what 'bang' they'll get for their buck," says White.

Findings from previous research suggested a correlation between green space and well-being, but those studies weren't able to rule out the possibility that people with higher levels of well-being simply move to greener areas. White and colleagues were able to solve that problem by using longitudinal data from the national survey; that data were collected annually from over 10,000 people between 1991 and 2008.

The new research does not prove that moving to a greener area will necessarily cause increased happiness, but it does fit with findings from experimental studies showing that short bouts of time in a green space can improve people's mood and cognitive functioning.

While the effect for any one person might be small, White points out that the potential positive effects of green space for society at large might be substantial.

"This research could be important for psychologists, public health officials and urban planners who are interested in learning about the effects that urbanization and city planning can have on population health and well-being," White concludes.


'/>"/>

Contact: Anna Mikulak
amikulak@psychologicalscience.org
202-293-9300
Association for Psychological Science
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Surprising findings on hydrogen production in green algae
2. Petroleum use, greenhouse gas emissions of automobiles could drop 80 percent by 2050
3. Significant contribution of Greenlands peripheral glaciers to sea-level rise
4. Researchers building stronger, greener concrete with biofuel byproducts
5. Catalysts that produce green fuel
6. Amplified greenhouse effect shifts norths growing seasons
7. Amplified greenhouse effect shaping North into South
8. Green tea extract interferes with the formation of amyloid plaques in Alzheimers disease
9. New method for greenhouse gas predictions
10. Gene discovery reveals importance of eating your greens
11. Experts to calculate potential of Greenlandic mineral wealth
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/15/2016)... 15, 2016  A new partnership announced today ... underwriting decisions in a fraction of the time ... and high-value life insurance policies to consumers without ... With Force Diagnostics, rapid testing (A1C, Cotinine and ... (blood pressure, weight, pulse, BMI, and activity data) ...
(Date:4/13/2016)... , April 13, 2016  IMPOWER physicians supporting Medicaid ... setting a new clinical standard in telehealth thanks to ... leveraging the higi platform, IMPOWER patients can routinely track ... and body mass index, and, when they opt in, ... convenient visit to a local retail location at no ...
(Date:3/29/2016)... March 29, 2016 LegacyXChange, Inc. ... "LEGX" and SelectaDNA/CSI Protect are pleased to announce our ... in a variety of writing instruments, ensuring athletes signatures ... created collectibles from athletes on LegacyXChange will be assured ... the DNA. Bill Bollander , CEO ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... 3, 2016  Dr. Thomas P. McHugh , ... The Woodlands, Texas , now offers SculpSure, ... treated fat cells in just 25-minutes, leaving a slimmer ... percent of Americans report feeling bothered by excess weight ... procedures are a growing industry. This innovative new approach ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... StarNet Communications Corp, ( http://www.starnet.com/ ) a leading ... Secure Remote Desktop modules to its flagship X-Win32 PC X server. The new ... to the user’s PC over encrypted SSH. , Traditionally, users of PC X servers ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ALBANY, New York , April 29, 2016 ... market report published by Transparency Market Research "Separation ... Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2015 ... market was valued at US$ 10,665.5 Mn in ... CAGR of 6.8% from 2015 to 2023 to ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... -- The report "Cryocooler Market by Type ... Support, Product Repairs & Refurbishment, Preventive Maintenance, and Customer ... published by MarketsandMarkets, the global market is expected to ... CAGR of 7.29% between 2016 and 2022. ... spread through 159 Pages and in-depth TOC on  "Cryocooler ...
Breaking Biology Technology: