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The gift of disorder

For a better life, look for and forward to the unexpected

Ralph Waldo Emerson famously remarked that a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.  New research suggests that even reasonable consistency might pose a danger to your health and well-being.

A recent study by researchers at Texas A&M discovered a correlation between mortality rates and the shape of city parks.  Strange as it seems, if you live in a community with irregularly shaped green spaces, your chances of a longer and healthier life markedly improve.

The study, however, identifies only correlation; it makes no attempt to explain causation.  Why should the shape of my local park affect my mental and physical health?

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