New study suggests walkable cities don’t make people happier | Business Insider India

Happy cities are walkable cities, according to most urbanists.However, a new study from the University of Virginia finds that people who live in more walkable areas are healthier – but not happier – than people living in places dominated by cars.The findings undercut much of the research into well-being, which suggests that physical and emotional well-being are intimately related, like the finding that when we exercise, our brains release mood-boosting endorphins that block pain in the short term and protect against illness, like depression, in the long term.

Shige Oishi, psychology professor at UVA and the study’s lead author, says the findings likely reveal that the problems cities face might outweigh the benefits afforded by walking.”NYC, San Francisco, Boston are all very walkable and healthy,” Oishi tells Tech Insider via email. “But, they are the cities with quite a bit of inequality. Many people might compare themselves with a small number of super well-to-do in those cities, which might affect their life satisfaction negatively.”

Source: New study suggests walkable cities don’t make people happier | Business Insider India

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