Green spaces can help people trust strangers: Study

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A recent study shows that the Green spaces amongst the residents of the city can increase well-being and social connectivity.

As per the new case study, simple, affordable urban design interferences can increase the well-being and social connections between the residents of the city.

Researchers found that green spaces and colorful, community-driven urban design things were linked to higher levels of happiness, a big trust of strangers and better environmental conservation than locations without the facilities.

The lead author, Hanna Negami said, “The urban design interventions we studied are relatively simple and low-cost, but show great potential to improve individuals’ emotional and social lives. Something as simple as adding greenery to a concrete lane or painting a rainbow crosswalk could help to enrich urban public spaces.”

Participants were taken on walking tours of Vancouver’s West End neighborhood for the study and asked to complete a questionnaire through a smartphone application at six stops, which included a pair of crosswalks (one painted rainbow, one standard zebra), laneways (one green, one concrete), and a pair of green spaces (one wild community garden and one manicured green space).

According to a new case study, simple, affordable urban design interventions can increase the welfare and social connections between the residents of the city. Researchers found that green spaces and colorful, community-driven urban design elements were linked to higher levels of happiness, a big trust of strangers and more environmental leadership than those without the facilities.

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In addition to the green space and place-making initiative can be helped to promote social connections and reduce social isolation. Researchers hope that these findings will eventually help improve the experiences of people living in cities.