Research by the University of Exeter Medical School has revealed that living near green spaces in town and cities can boost your mental well-being in the long term, as well as the short term.
The university gathered data from over 1,000 participants over five years, and, together with data from the British Household Panel Survey and questionnaires, found that on average, those who moved to greener areas had “significant and long-lasting improvements in mental health.” They found that on average, those who moved to more built up areas suffered a temporary decline in their mental health.
When searching for a home, you should consider new housing developments. Many include green spaces, with builders recognising the huge benefits they can have not only on a personal level but to the wider community. Your home isn’t just the property you live in, it’s the surrounding area too, so there should be places to walk, enjoy a picnic and forget about the stresses of modern life close by.