Most of us already know that nature can provide stress relief, increase social interaction, encourage physical exercise and even help soothe mental illness. But did you know that the quality (aesthetics), accessibility and purpose of that green space is more important than its size? In a recent study, a group of researchers in the Netherlands found that people who think of their local green spaces as more accessible and usable felt more satisfied with their neighborhood, regardless of the amount of green space they had. Neighborhood satisfaction was associated with happiness, the researchers said, and a previous study looking at the same neighborhoods that found residents reported better mental health and more emotional attachment to local greenery when they had higher quality green spaces. So although we are loving the expansiveness of these gardens in Hampshire, I'm taking comfort that going back to our neighborhood's beautifully kept and accessible squares will do us just as good 😘. #positivepsychology#neuroscience#resilience#letthekids#letthembelittle#britishcountryside#countrybreak
Country walks in clear air with the dogs; delicious food served in front of a cosy pub fire; great company in which chat and laughter is intermingled and, above everything, a deep love for the place you live. That’s what the good life means to us here at the Hills.