Studies show that green spaces, such as parks or woods, seem to affect your health for the better. In fact one recent study revealed that those who lived near green spaces were less likely to die over an 8-year period.
No one knows exactly why living close to green space has this effect. The plants themselves may be part of the reason. Plants pull pollutants out of the air and cool the neighborhood. Or it may be that green space creates a place to meet other people and help build social connections.
Strong social ties have been linked to a longer life. Simply being exposed to nature has been shown to improve mood, reduce anxiety, and enhance self-esteem. People who see greenery every day may have better mental health and be less stressed. Stress increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases.