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Why Living Near a Park Can Help Keep the Blues at Bay: Study Finds People Who Live Near Green Spaces Have Better Mental Health

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Living near parks and green spaces in town and cities boosts your mental well-being.

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Elle B (84)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 7:21 am
Ty Cher. Of course humans do better with REAL LIFE on Earth, ie. nature. We have a park a few paces away. . .visited almost everyday until the neighborhood "Republican" corporates took it over . . .cut the branches off second growth firs that came too close to the ground. . .cut other trees and bushes down (little too much natural growth green for their taste) filled in the little stream that was just a bit too wet. . .put in gravel, "well groomed" sports fields and the standard "Corporate Kingdom" play equipment. Zero regard for people and animals who had visited for decades. Part of the "privatized citizens' care plan." A MODERN MUTANT MANIA MARVEL now. GOP makeover at the neighborhood park took place during same time the second growth stand on private land behind our place was cut down one morning (to enhance sale opps)...including the "Eagles Nest" that had been in those trees for years that the OWNERS never knew about. . .we don't go near the park anymore. . .we know where nature still abounds--miraculously. . .hope all the deer, coyote, birds and other fellow creatures that used to live around here until all the recent "developments" are ok in their new homes if they aren't DEAD now. "Processed Parks" are the last diluted doses of real natural life on earth in the grand imprisonment . . . Better watch out . . .the plan is to "PRIVATIZE" ALL the parks across the nation. . .if that happens they'll be gone before you can say G-O-P . . . what a bunch of dopes. . .civilization? ...That's a sad and sorry illusional joke. . .guess REAL EARTH & LIFE just won't do. . .

"Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself." ―Henry David Thoreau

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.” ― Edward Abbey

"If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen." ― Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862)

"We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted…" — Theodore Roosevelt, "Arbor Day-A message to the schoolchildren of the United States." April 15, 1907

“How narrow we selfish conceited creatures are in our sympathies! How blind to the rights of all the rest of creation!” ― John Muir

“The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized.” ― Rachel Carson, (1907 – 1964)

"Take care, or soon our ears will strain
in vain to hear the creator's song."

―Chief Dan George*, 1889-1991, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Coast Salish

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 8:05 am
Indeed, as we're supposed to live in nature! My biggest dream is to leave the city and live in nature and bring with me rescued animals and keep protecting them from evil.

Thanks a lot for sharing!

Robert O (12)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 8:44 am
Parks are nice places that are peaceful little havens (especially if they're in the middle of concrete jungles). Thanks Cher.

Michael A (28)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 9:15 am

aj E (164)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 9:33 am
wish i lived where there was more nature.

. (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 9:50 am
Noted. Fortunately I have lots of trees and shrubbery and gardens around where I live in the city. More oaks please.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 12:48 pm
I live in my own forest! I'd say when is the mental health part going to kick in ~ but I know if weren't for my little piece of nature I'd really be off the deep end by now.

Donna G (42)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 1:21 pm
I'm not so sure living next to a park is that important. I think even if it's an undeveloped area, like a field full of dandelions or rocks and grass, it would still work. Where I used to live on the west side of the mountains, there was an old cemetary that was within viewing distance of my front door. It was really nice and quiet.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 1:34 pm

. (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 2:32 pm
Doesn't it only make mental sense? I wonder how many thousands of people in high rises in NYC, feel a nees to take some time in Central Park..probably thousands a week.

Birgit W (160)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 2:41 pm
Very good article. Thanks for sharing. Give me some nature, and I am happy!

Gloria H (88)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 2:50 pm
I don't care if you are in a cubicle making thousands a are still in a cell! When you drive home in the traffic and the dark...there is a real world out there. Treat yourself to a "get out of jail pass" and go to a park. It will do you good.
p.s support the park system, respect the trees, bugs and wildlife that live in the park you aea visitor in their home.

Kate Kenner (215)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 3:36 pm
I live near the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain (Boston) and I always say that it helps me keep what sanity I have. We actually have quite bait of green space around where I live. Having dogs it is also great. Sure we have to doge the park rangers occasionally but it is worth it. I walk in the Arboretum every day at least once or twice-sometimes 3 or 4 times- and I know when the witch hazel blooms , the pussy willows start their furry little buds and so on. IT isn't the country but it can change a mood from sad to not. My young dog loves it too.

. (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 4:48 pm
Very informative article. Thanks for sharing, Cher.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 10, 2014, 4:57 am

Sara P (54)
Friday January 10, 2014, 8:32 am
Thanks Cher.

Lindsay K (6)
Friday January 10, 2014, 10:27 am
We need plants for many reasons, not least of all that they are pleasing on the eye, often pleasing on the ear (when a wind is blowing through the leaves), very calming, and foster wildlife.

Colleen L (3)
Friday January 10, 2014, 7:59 pm
Good article. Parks are easy to just walk and enjoy viewing the various plants, trees, and people. Thanks Cher
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