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The Number Of Trees Around You Can Affect Your Income, Here’s Why

The Number Of Trees Around You Can Affect Your Income, Here’s Why

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    Trees are more than just majestic in how they look. They provide a range of environmental, economical, and even social benefits that improve our quality of life. Trees clean our air, purify water, reduce our energy costs, and beautify our communities. People living in a community with more trees reported that their quality of life improved to the point of feeling up to 7 years younger, and making up to $10,000 more a year.

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    Trees make you feel healthier and feel younger! A recent study published in the journal Nature, “Neighborhood Greenspace and Health in a Large Urban Center,” led by a group of researchers in Toronto, Canada showed that people who live in neighborhoods with a higher density of trees on their streets reported significantly better health, and less cardiometabolic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, obesity, and more.

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      Maybe money does really grow on trees- At least in some cities.

      During the same study, using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s natural resource inventory and satellite imagery, researchers gathered economic data, including income, land prices, and disposable income.

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      They found that for every 1 percent increase in per capita income, demand for forest cover increased by 1.76 percent. But when income dropped by the same amount, demand decreased by 1.26 percent. The researchers found that wealthier cities can afford more trees, both on a private and public property. The rich can afford larger lots, which can support more trees. On the public side, areas with larger tax bases can afford to plant and maintain more trees.

      Another study published in April in PLOS ONE gives us a picture of how unequal our cities are with regards to trees. The study revealed that high-income neighborhoods in the 7 selected cities were more likely to have a high tree population than low-income neighborhoods. Fortunately, many cities understand the value trees bring to their cities.  New York for one, is doing something to change that and started the Million Trees campaign that proposed to plant a million new trees over the next ten years.

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      How can trees increase your $$?

      • Trees planted near your home or business can lower air-conditioning and heating costs by decreasing energy use, thereby increasing income.
      • Landscaping your home with trees increases the value up to 15 percent, and will sell faster than a home without trees. The property values of an entire neighborhood or business district increase when there are trees planted as well.
      • Trees add beauty to communities and business districts. Studies show that people are more likely to slow down and linger at store windows and are willing to pay up to 12 percent more for goods and services, and spend a longer time shopping.
      • Office and industrial areas with wooded settings are in high demand. Employees that have a shady area to eat and walk during lunch and breaks are more productive and stress-free on the job. Employees without a view of nature from their desks reported 23% more illnesses than those with a view.
      • Streets with little or no shade need to be repaved twice as often as those with tree cover.

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        Prefer the indoors?

        Having indoor plants can also improve your wellbeing. Indoor plants can remove up to 87% of air toxins in 24 hours! Here are the top 10 indoor plants:

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        1. Rose Plant
        2. Devil’s Ivy
        3. Phalaenopsis
        4. English Ivy
        5. Parlor Ivy
        6. African Violets
        7. Christmas Cactus
        8. Yellow Goddess
        9. Garlic Vine
        10. Peace Lily

        Take all of these things, and you’ve got one powerful argument in favor of tree planting initiatives in all of our neighborhoods and cities.

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        Last Updated on December 9, 2019

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

        The result: no more mental stress.

        2. Unplug

        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

        3. Easy on the Caffeine

        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

        The result: mental stress will be gone!

        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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