Biological diversity evokes happiness: More bird species in their vicinity increase life satisfaction of Europeans as much as higher income

ScienceDaily | Dec 4, 2020 at 8:29 PM
  • To this end, the researchers used the data from the “2012 European quality of Life Survey” to study the connection between the species diversity in their surroundings and the life satisfaction in more than 26,000 adults from 26 European countries.
  • A particularly high number of bird species can be found in areas with a high proportion of near-natural and diverse landscapes that hold numerous greenspaces and bodies of water.
  • Fourteen additional bird species in the vicinity raise the level of life satisfaction at least as much as an extra 124 Euros per month in the household account.