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.