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Living near more trees can feel as good as a $10,000 raise

By Brendan Shykora
Pentiction Western News
May 21, 2020
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

Living close to nature has long been considered a boon for mental health, but it takes a special kind of researcher to ask what dollar value can be put on the feeling of being surrounded by foliage. In 2015, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to quantify the benefits of green spaces, and after analyzing data sets from the City of Toronto, they found that having 10 or more trees on a city block does the same for a person’s sense of health and well-being as getting a $10,200 raise, or being seven years younger. A tree-filled street may not make you feel like a million bucks, but $10,000 is nothing to sneeze at!

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