Look around, how green is your neighbourhood?
Research has discovered that living in neighborhoods with more winged animals, bushes and trees makes you less inclined to experience the ill effects of sadness, tension and stress.
This is according to a study by the University of Exeter, the British Trust for Ornithology and the University of Queensland.
If you live in a city, do you miss out on these benefits?
Not according to the researchers. who found benefits for
They found mental health benefits of being able to see birds, shrubs and trees around the home, whether people lived in urban or suburban neighbourhoods.
Researchers also found that those who spent less time outdoors than usual in the previous week were more likely to report they were anxious or depressed.
Connecting birds to happiness
The findings were based on mental health surveys of over 270 people from different ages, incomes and ethnicities.
Researchers also conducted extensive surveys of the number of birds in the morning and afternoon in Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton.
Interestingly, the study found that lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress were associated with the number of birds people could see in the afternoon.
“This study starts to unpick the role that some key components of nature play for our mental well-being,” says University of Exeter research fellow Dr Daniel Cox, “Birds around the home, and nature in general, show great promise in preventative health care, making cities healthier, happier places to live.”