Green spaces have lasting positive effect on well-being

Mark Kinver, reporting for BBC News:

“We found that within a group of lottery winners who had won more than £500,000 that the positive effect was definitely there but after six months to a year, they were back to the baseline.”

Dr White said his team wanted to see whether living in greener urban areas had a lasting positive effect on people’s sense of well-being or whether the effect also disappeared after a period of time.[…]

“What you see is that even after three years, mental health is still better which is unlike many of the other things that we think will make us happy.”

No surprise, really, given that office workers who have a view of just one tree say they’re happier. But it also highlights why we need to deal with the arboreal disparity between rich and poor.

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