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“People in Unhappy Places are Depressed More Than a Week a Month”

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This December 5, 2014 Gant Daily article talks about the ways that where people live can impact their risk of experiencing Depression.

Appreciating what you have

In light of my trip to Pittsburgh recently to see the traveling Willard suitcase exhibit, I’ve started to realize something that I had sadly taken for granted prior to the trip.  Where I live it’s kind of a freak thing to not have some kind of yard availible to you where you live, or a park nearby or for that matter lots and lots of tree.  I didn’t realize how much I took the ability to simply go out in my yard for granted until I went to Pitsburgh, and the area I was in had so little grass that it was a challenge to find someplace that Tippy would go potty at.  Like me, Tippy is use to having grass, though we have our own reasons for liking grass,  It never really dawned on me how lucky I am to live in a place where there is an abundance of grassy and forest type areas.  Things are much quieter where I live, and the pace of life even feels different then what I felt in Pittsburgh.  Things seem slower and in general more relaxed here.  This isn’t to say I don’t like Pittsburgh, but just that it reminded me about how simple things like grass can be missed when  visiting someplace where grass is scarce.  I was impressed by Schenly park though, not just because it gave me the ability to visit some grass, but because it gave me a taste of how folks living in the city spend time in the park.  The day I was there, there were people laying in the sun using backpacks as pillows, others were sitting on benches reading books or eating.  I thought it was neat that there was public internet access available in the park, which made me think of something I do here at home when the weather is nice but I have blogging to do.  I will sit on my porch with my netbook and enjoy the nice weather while still getting things done I need to finish.  I guess that in some ways, Schenly Park is to folks in that part of Pittsburgh, what my porch is to me, a place to kick back and relax, enjoy the weather, and experience some time in a grassy setting.

All of this isn’t to say I hated Pittsburgh, in fact just the opposite is true, I hope to go back and visit again sometime, and hopefully get to broaden my understanding about how folks live in different places.  I have lived in a rural area where I can go from seeing a shopping center to within 5 minutes be at a farmer’s market that is surrounded by farm fields.  So for me Pittsburgh felt like a whole new world that in some was was rather strange from what I have known the majority of my life.  I do look forward to the day when I can return to visit Pittsburgh though because despite it’s lack of grass and trees, it does offer a huge assortment of things to do that just don’t exist in my area.

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