Green can take the edge off of the stress caused by living in the city. But the relationship is more complex than we thought.
Green can take the edge off of the stress caused by living in the city. But the relationship is more complex than simply taking a walk in the park, at least it for residents in tropical Singapore. Researchers studied Singapore resident well being and their use of and living proximity to parks. What they found that it was the largest impact on well-being was the personality of the individual. Extroverted people tended to be happier. Authors speculate that perhaps Singapore’s naturally hot and humid climate plays a role. Other studies that have shown happiness connected to urban green space were conducted in temperate US or European cities. Whereas Singaporeans naturally gravitate indoors to air conditioning to escape the heat, residents of more temperate climates find the cooling benefits of plants very beneficial in moderating outdoor temperatures, thus making being outdoors more pleasant. Singapore, known as “City in a Garden” is also 47% covered with parks and open space.(2015) by Vicky Gan in Atlantic Cities August 14, 2015.
The Relationship between Natural Park Usage and Happiness Does Not Hold in a Tropical City-State, Plos One article (July 29, 2015).
NewTerrain newsletter August 25, 2015.