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The Link Between Green Space and Well-Being Isn't As Simple As We Thought

What does it mean for public health officials?
A cable ski lagoon in Singapore, May 6, 2014.
A cable ski lagoon in Singapore, May 6, 2014.Wong Maye-E / AP

The connection between green space and human well-being is so intuitive as to seem axiomatic. Cities abound with stressors, countless studies suggest, and contact with natural environments can help residents take the edge off.

But according to a recent study published in PLOS ONE, it’s not as simple as “nature makes people happy.”