January 12, 2014 | Corrinne

If you want lasting happiness, you should live near a park. At least, that's the conclusion of a new study.

A pay rise may get you all excited in the short term, but the joy wears off. Having access to green spaces, though, keeps you happy and upbeat for the long run.

The scientists now want to find out if divorce rates are lower among those who live around greenery. But this makes me worry about people who can't afford to live in nice leafy suburbs. Are they destined to be less happy?

 

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Data from more than 40,000 UK households was used to find out how parks influence mental health.

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