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Study: living close to trees benefits your physical health


Based on a study published in journal Scientific Reports, it has been revealed that living close to trees can benefit your physical health.

It has been added that even 10 trees in a city block can significantly improve cognitive and psychological health.

Researchers compared the influence of trees and other known factors which can have a positive impact on health.

It has been concluded that benefits of 10 trees in a city block can have an impact similar to an increase in annual personal income of $10,000 and moving to a neighborhood with $10,000 higher median income or being 7 years younger.

Even though the results are impressive because 30,000 participants were a part of this research, the precise mechanism by which trees seem to improve health can’t be identified. One explanation is that trees improve urban air quality by clarifying the air and protecting people from pollutants.

What also serves as an explanation is the fact that being surrounded by greenery reduces stress. Belief that living around more trees can improve health is considered to be a possible psychological factor.

One of the researchers, Berman added that people have neglected the psychological benefits of the environment. Even though this research was based on medical data from the city of Toronto in Canada where everyone has universal health care, many people with lower income visit specialists at a lower rate than those with moderate or high incomes and higher levels of education.

The fact that street trees provide a more beneficial effect than private or backyard trees can be explained by the fact that all residents of an area have access to it.

The researcher added that the city should plant more trees along the streets and that it should be increased to ten trees per block.

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