Scientists Have Discovered that Living Near Trees is Good for Your Health

People relax in the shadow of the trees flanking an alley at the ‘Parc Royal’ in Brussels.  (Stephanie Leco/European Pressphoto Agency)

People relax in the shadow of the trees flanking an alley at the ‘Parc Royal’ in Brussels. (Stephanie Leco/European Pressphoto Agency)

In a new paper published Thursday, a team of researchers present a compelling case for why urban neighborhoods filled with trees are better for your physical health. The large study builds on a body of prior research showing the cognitive and psychological benefits of nature scenery — but also goes farther in actually beginning to quantify just how much an addition of trees in a neighborhood enhances health outcomes.

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