Green Beats Blues: Nature Prevents Stress, Anxiety

A recent study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found the more green space a neighborhood has, the happier people feel. Those who lived in a neighborhood with less than 10 percent tree canopy were more likely to report symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, regardless of factors such as income level, race, ethnicity, and employment, according to the research results. The study’s findings give a nod to the attention restoration theory, which suggests nature gives the mind a break from routine tasks. More needs to be done to turn empty lots and vacant spaces into usable, green space in urban areas with limited access to nature.

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