Spending time in a city park can make you happier. This, according to a University Alabama study that examined the emotional impact of visiting parks in urban areas.
Researchers found that spending just 20 minutes in a city park improved emotional wellbeing. Immersing oneself in the natural environment and engaging in recreational activities led to significant mental health benefits like stress reduction.
The study says these effects were not dependent on engaging in physical activity. Spending time at the park made participants happier whether they were exercising or not.
This shows that city parks have a positive impact on our emotional health. Researchers say access to green settings in urban areas is essential.
UAB (2019, February 25). Urban Parks Could Make You Happier. NeuroscienceNews. Retrieved February 25, 2019 from http://neurosciencenews.com/happiness-urban-parks-10811/