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Parks as Happiness Boosters

At Slate.com, Gretchen Rubin, writing for her Happiness Project blog, interviews Julie Morgenstern, who Rubin says “has done a lot of thinking about happiness, as it relates to managing our possessions and time.” Morgenstern’s response to one question provides a nice perspective on the value of city parks in keeping us uncluttered in the mind.

Rubin: If you’re feeling blue, how do you give yourself a happiness boost? Or, like a “comfort food,” do you have a comfort activity? (Mine is reading children’s books.)
Morgenstern: I go to Central Park. Being around people … the many characters, stories, scenes, energy, and warmth of others pulls me out of my own troubles and lifts my mood. It’s an instant antidote.

An expert on organizing one’s life thinks that parks are good rechargers. Sounds good to us.

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2 Responses

  1. I agree with idea of being in Central Park helps people to feel more confident and peaceful because trees provide fresh air and it is absolutely an antidote. So people can feel themselves restful because of the trees. Although there are more advantages of trees, people do not respect them sufficiently. On the streets, people behave trees as a pole to park their bikes or to litter. I think people should respect and protect the trees more carefully.

  2. I saw the nice mention of my blog, The Happiness Project, here. I so much appreciate you shining a spotlight on my blog! Thanks and best wishes, Gretchen Rubin

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