Love & Money is a MarketWatch series that looks at how our relationship with money affects our relationships with significant others, friends and family. Children who grow in a less green environment have a 55% higher risk of developing mental disorders later in life than those who grow in greener places, according to a study by the University of Aarhus in Denmark and published this week in the affiliate network. reviewed the American Journal PNAS.
To determine this, researchers looked at satellite images of Denmark from 1985 to 2013 to understand how much green space is around the children's homes. They then compare the risk with 1
Moreover, the longer you are in greener places during childhood, the better your chances of good mental health.
"The risk of developing a mental disorder gradually declines as the longer you are surrounded by green areas from birth to 10 years of age," says study author Christine Engman, postdoctoral at the Department of Biology and National Center for Research in The Aarhus Register. "That's why green space during childhood is extremely important." See also: Why does Hillary Clinton walk so much?
Of course, this study does not prove the causal link. And you can live in a big city and live near a lot of green areas. The study found that it is so useful for your future mental health that it is surrounded by the same amount of green pace in rural areas.
This is not the first study that finds that green spaces can improve people's mental health. Taking a 50-minute walk into nature reduces anxiety and increases happiness, reveals a recent study published in the Landscape & Urban Planning magazine, and exposure to nature "reduces the mental fatigue and the feelings of irritability that come with it," a report published in " Environment and Behavior ". In general, there is a great deal of evidence suggesting that the urban environment is associated with higher mental illnesses. "Nearly a century of research shows a higher risk of mental disorders among people living in urban and rural areas," said a study published in the journal Epigenetics, which examines the genetic origin of disease and poor health.
So, what is it for greener grasslands that promote health? It's not quite clear, but some scientists suggest that it can physically change us by differentiating our brain activity, lowering blood pressure, and so on.
Want news for Europe to be delivered to your mailbox? Subscribe to MarketWatch's free Europe Daily newsletter. Sign up here.