Walking in the park make people happy - proved Twitter
What makes people happy? On this issue the representatives of our species look for the answer since time immemorial. Recently, scientists from the University of Vermont found that after a walk in the park of a person becomes less irritable, but that's not all. According to the study, the walk gives us a feeling of euphoria, akin to that which can be experienced on Christmas morning. Who would have thought?
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In the study, researchers found that mood starts to improve already during the waiting walk. And the increased level of happiness persists for several hours thereafter. However, in order to feel happy as much as possible to walk anywhere it is not necessary. British scientists have come to the conclusion that walks through open countryside and pastime in crowded areas though and elevate mood, but do not go to any comparison with a walk in the park.
According to one of the study's authors, Christopher Danforma finding in nature has on the body regenerating effect, which can not be compared with shopping or going to the cinema.
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But scientists have come to this conclusion? You may be surprised, but thanks to Twitter: the study is based on a tool called gedonometr. It measures the mood of Twitter users based on words contained in them. Words such as "laughter", "Rainbow" and "love" are correlated with positive mood, while the word "murder", "terrorist" and "cancer" is clearly not. In other words such as "indicate", "stay" and "I" do not carry any emotional coloring.
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Of course, like any other tool for sentiment analysis, gedonometr not perfect. Despite the fact that it can not determine gedonometr written by one or another tweet sarcastically, and is in this social network is not uncommon, studies have shown that the tool measures the mood well.
Scientists analyzed tweets San Francisco residents geotagged for the period from May to August 2016. Thanks to geotag the researchers could track whether a tweet sent out of the park or any other place in the city. They then analyzed the mood of the user at the time of publication of tweets made in the park, as well as the tweets made after the walk.
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During the analysis, the scientists resorted to using a scale from one to nine, according to which 1 - this is the least happy mood and a maximum of nine. Tweets sent from the parks were assessed at 6, 43 points. They were also more than tweets sent from other places around 0, 229 points.
According to previous studies using gedonometra similar level of happiness is seen in users over Christmas. By the way, on that day, according to gedonometru, happiness level Twitter users rises to heaven.
Where to live better?
It is no secret that the inhabitants of large cities are happy to less than those who live in less densely populated areas. Noise and light pollution of cities increases the level of stress, which in turn leads to the development of many diseases, including mental illness. A study by researchers at the University of Vermont once again shows that the positive impact on the psychological and physical condition of the townspeople have green spaces. So the next time you hear that someone wants to build a park on the site of a shopping center, consider that that someone takes away your physical and mental health. Thereby possibly reducing the duration of your life.
Required Reading: How air pollution affects the brain?
Scientists note that the presence of the biodiversity in the parks is also important for our well-being. Thus preserving a variety of animal species is important for every citizen of our planet. The smaller green areas left in the world, and the smaller the animals in their lives, the more people become sad.
So, after reading this article, feel free to go to a nearby park to feed the ducks, squirrels and pigeons.