A new study by a team of scientists at the University of Vermont searched human behaviour for the places or events that made people happy.
They discovered that visiting your local city park boosted people’s happiness to the level measured on Christmas day, which measured as the happiest day of the year in the United States.
The More Plants and Trees, the Happier You’ll Be
It’s not just getting outside that is important — the more greenery people were exposed to, the happier they became.
The happiness boost was strongest when visiting large parks with lots of vegetation and trees. Paved plazas and squares showed little mood improvement.
A Four-Hour Happiness Boost
The positive impact on happiness lasted up to four hours after leaving the park.
Health coach Maria Theron notes “many studies have shown that time outdoors in nature is a great way to boost health and happiness.
This is a quick and simple way to boost happiness levels in your daily or weekly routine. Try to incorporate some park time into your lunch hour or schedule.
This shows how a simple lifestyle change can really make a difference to your health and happiness.
As health coaches we help clients implement lifestyle changes like this to build a healthier and happier life.”
Learn more about how city parks lift mood as much as Christmas.
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