by Savitha C Muppala on  April 23, 2013 at 9:28 AM Mental Health News
Green Spaces in Urban Areas Promote Physical and Emotional Well-being
A University of Exeter study has revealed the positives of having green spaces like parks and gardens in urban areas, which can go a long way in boosting the quality of life.

The analysis was made after a study of nearly 5,000 UK households over 17 years and researchers discovered that residing in a greener place had a significant positive effect on health.

Calling it the 'green space effect', researchers found that living amid greenery boosted life satisfaction levels among the dwellers. They enjoyed better physical and psychological health. Researchers took into account changes in people's life like income, employment, marriage, and health.

"We've found that living in an urban area with relatively high levels of green space can have a significantly positive impact on wellbeing, roughly equal to a third of the impact of being married. 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 wellbeing," researchers concluded.

Source: Medindia

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