It’s probably not a surprise to learn that getting out into nature can be good for your health. But what may be a surprise is just how big of an impact that spending time in the great outdoors really can have on your physical and mental well-being.
Especially for those who have grown up in the Seattle area, it can be easy to forget that not all cities are as green as ours. Seattle ranks high both nationally and internationally when it comes to number of trees within the city—just check out Treepedia, a website that shows the “Green View Index” for multiple cities around the world. (Data nerds will especially love this site!)
One of the play structures at Jefferson Park in Beacon Hill
According to a study at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2016, “living in or near green spaces can be a boon for longevity, and seeing more greenery may also boost mental health.” In the study, women living in the greenest areas “were 34 percent less likely to die from a respiratory illness than women living in the most paved-over areas. And women living amidst greenery were 13 percent less likely to die of cancer.” The article goes on to list more of the benefits (and accounts for the many different factors involved in the collected data as well).
Jefferson Park Golf Course in Beacon Hill
Want to live in a home where you have your very own backyard and you’re surrounded by parks, bike greenways, trails and more opportunity for outdoor adventure?