The Spirit of the Northwest!
– “Study links Puget Sound residents’ happiness to their interactions with nature”
“A new study of Puget Sound-area residents has found that engagement with nature can be linked to overall happiness — for middle-class people, anyway.
“The study, published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, found that along with the long-known roles that health, economic status and social relationships play in life satisfaction, Pacific Northwesterners’ interactions with the natural environment have a direct, if more subtle, relationship to their reported happiness.”
“The study’s analysis across 11 Puget Sound counties found there was not as much difference in responses by county as there was in whether a response came from a rural resident versus a city dweller or suburbanite.
Rural areas showed the greatest relationship with environmental interaction — hiking, farming, recreation and conservation work included — and suburban ones the least,” by Derrick Nunnally, Tacoma News-Tribune.