Country life is better than city life

Contrary to popular belief, a study has found that life in the countryside is much better than cities for a person's overall health.

entertainment Updated: Jan 07, 2006 14:40 IST

Contrary to popular belief, a new study published in the latest edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry has found that life in the countryside is much better than cities for a person's overall health.

Until recently, it was believed that isolation of rural living, lack of social networks and difficulties accessing amenities have a negative impact on the mental well-being of country folk, but the new study has confirmed that those people enjoy better physical and mental health than city-dwellers.

According to the Daily Mail, a team of psychologists from Warwick Medical School and Portsmouth and Bristol universities studied data for 7,659 adults, and found higher rates of suicides and common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety in urban areas.

There are small but statistically significant differences in rates of common mental disorders between urban and rural residents. Rural residents had slightly better mental health than non-rural counterparts, said the researchers.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 14:40 IST