September 3, 2019 | David F. Coppedge

Happiness Is a Walk in the Park

Studies continue to show that people are happier the more they interact with nature’s beauty.

In a science news amalgamator called Study Finds, John Anderer writes, “The Closer You Live To Nature The Happier You’ll Be, Study Finds.”

Researchers from The University of Warwick, Newcastle University, and The University of Sheffield have put together the first study ever to investigate and demonstrate the connection between natural, green areas and mental wellbeing on an individual level. Interestingly, they discovered that living close to nature and greenery is more relevant to mental health than income level, employment, and overall health.

Urban planners need to take nature into account, they say, in order to create “liveable cities.” It would be interesting to do a follow-up study to see how many depressed and angry people, including mass shooters, live in urban jungles. That appears to be likely in the dirty parts of Chicago, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Creationists believe mankind’s first home was a garden. Evolutionists say it was a jungle. Either way, it was natural, so that appears to be the best kind of habitat for us. The noisy, smoggy concrete wastelands and downtown skyscrapers with straight lines and hard corners seem unnatural. They can take their toll on beings made for interaction with trees, fresh air, streams, and wildlife.

Note: Articles during Sept 2019 will tend to be short and less frequent while the Editor is on a speaking tour and vacationing for 16 days starting Sept 7th. Check by from time to time, and look forward to more regular reporting about Sept 23. Thanks to our loyal readers and supporters!

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