Many of us know instinctively and intuitively that open green space around us can relax our minds and lift our spirits – somehow we just feel better.
A new study confirms just that: it shows that people living near green space experience less anxiety, depression, heart disease, back pain and asthma than those living in concrete jungles.
“The role of green space in the living environment for health should not be underestimated,” Dutch researchers wrote in a study published in the British Medical Journal’s Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
That’s another reason why we desperately need to preserve existing green space and create even more around us.
No wonder, with green space rapidly diminishing all over the country, all sorts of health problems are on the rise. (Another contributory factor behind mental health problems is the wide gap between the rich and the poor, which this blog has highlighted in the past).