A healthy lifestyle necessitates the presence of green space. We all love taking a stroll in the park, living in a tree-lined neighborhood, or at the very least, seeing trees from our windows. Green spaces have been shown to promote human health in studies all over the world.
Despite the fact that living in Dubai means living in a hot climate, the Dubai Municipality has made it a priority to provide green spaces and neighborhoods for residents. Whether you desire an apartment in a green neighborhood to be surrounded by foliage or just want to know how close you are to parks and gardens, Dubai will surprise you with its range of choices.
Generally speaking, human beings require access to nature, and it has an impact on our mental health. It reduces stress and improves concentration while also increasing happiness. Green space appears to benefit children particularly, our future generation. One study found that children who attended a school with more green space had significantly better cognitive functioning than those who attended a school with less green space, while another study discovered that early childhood exposure to green space is associated with fewer mental health problems in adulthood.
Reduced premature mortality, greater life expectancy, fewer mental health problems, lower cardiovascular disease, improved cognitive functioning in adolescents and the elderly, and healthier infants have all been linked to living next to green spaces. For example, according to a study published in Environment and Behaviour, older persons who had more exposure to green common spaces report a higher sense of community among neighbors and a stronger sense of belonging to the neighborhood. Green space also contributes to the reduction of air pollution, heat, and noise, as well as providing chances for physical activity and social connection.
Parks and gardens are oases in the midst of cities, and they are highly useful resources for enhancing our health and fitness. Long-term contact with green spaces has been related to longer lives, according to studies. It also encourages people to live healthy lifestyles and participate in sports, which is even more beneficial when done in nature. Living in green spaces provides so much relief from traffic problems, overcrowded sidewalks, and pollution. Improved social interactions and a stronger sense of community are also among the benefits, as these can be fostered in more pleasant community living environments. Green spaces also boost environmental awareness, particularly among the younger population.
According to a Japanese therapy known as "forest bathing” spending deliberate time in nature (typically forests, hence the name) enhances immune function. Natural killer cells are essential for the innate immune system's proper functioning, and one of their most important functions is to fight tumors. In fact, participants in every forest bathing study report improved natural killer cell activity and anti-cancer protein function.
Green space activates our involuntary attention, the kind of soft-focus where we’re seeing, hearing, and smelling sensory data without devoting a lot of brainpower to it. This restores our voluntary attention, the kind of intense concentration needed to focus on work-related tasks and be creative and productive. Even a little exposure to photos of natural scenery improves our attentional capacity, or our ability to stay focused on a job without getting distracted.
Green environments with grass, trees, and flowering plants draw us, whether we're strolling through a suburban city park or playing in a backyard garden. They improve our mood. We feel good sitting on the grass. Taking a walk through the woods is pleasant. The benefits of green space are often passive - you may just live in greenery and experience great health and well-being - but the active pursuit of natural experiences yields additional benefits.