Scenery not just greenery has an impact on health


People feel healthier when they live in a more scenic area. Researchers at the Warwick Business School Data Science Lab have discovered that people who live in areas rated as more scenic reported their health to be better. The data was collected using a census where users rated the “scenicness” of more than 212,000 pictures of Britain. More than 1.5 million ratings have been collected so far. Analysis eliminated effects of amount of greenspace and of other socioeconomic variables (education, income, rural, urban) and only the variable "scenicness" (read perceived scenic beauty) explained the relationship of good health to the landscape. One of the researchers remarked “Our results suggest that the beauty of our everyday environment might have more practical importance than was previously believed”

Summary by Lise Blaurock and Gray Merriam

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