Saturday, August 9, 2014

Living Near Trees Reduces Stress

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Live Oak Tree - Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner, SC
If you're in need of a little stress relief, it might be waiting just outside your front door ...

A new study from the University of Wisconsin in Madison reveals that people who live near trees and green spaces report lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression than those in more concrete- and asphalt-lined neighborhoods. Researchers collected health survey data from 2,500 Wisconsin residents, then paired the data with satellite images showing how much vegetation was in residents' neighborhoods.

The results: People who lived on blocks with less than 10% tree canopy were more likely to report feeling stressed or down. The findings were true regardless of race, age, income level, marital status or education.

"A poor person living on a logging road in (a national forest) was more likely to be happy than a wealthier person living on a treeless block in Milwaukee," the researchers said in a statement.  Read the entire article.

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