Air pollution is not just bad for the body, but also to the emotions. A new study found that having dirty or polluted air has been linked to unhappiness.
The scientists, who are from the MIT China Future City Lab, examined 144 cities in the country. They found a significant link between poor air quality and unhappiness by looking through millions of social media posts from residents of the cities involved.
Unhappiness tied to polluted cities in China.
In the study published in the Journal Nature Human Behaviour, lead researcher Siqi Zheng and his co-writers, revealed that higher levels of pollution is associated with low happiness levels.
For years, China has been struggling to address air pollution problems. The polluted air has continued to cripple its major cities. In fact, the problem is so severe, that air pollution causes an average of 1.1 million premature deaths every year and costs the economy a staggering $38 billion.
For the scientists to land on their findings, they measured how urban air pollution affected daily mood by matching chatter on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like microblogging site and fine-particle pollution levels.
Zheng said in a statement:
“Higher levels of air pollution lower people’s happiness in the world’s most populous country.”
“Pollution also has an emotional cost. People are unhappy, and that means they may make irrational decisions.”
They used information about urban levels of ultrafine particulate matter – PM 2.5 concentration from 144 cities in China.
The data was released daily by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection. They found with every increase in pollution above a healthy level, it brings happiness down by 0.04 points out of 100.
They also found that women are more sensitive to higher levels of pollution than men.
However, dirty air is not the only problem plaguing the people of China. They are also worrying about food safety, soaring housing prices, and poor public services.
Air pollution is a long standing problem in China.
The study aims to let the government know the problems encountered by the middle-class people living in urban and dense cities.
The Mountain From ‘Game Of Thrones’ Looks Ridiculous Holding Regular-Sized Mug
It looks like a teacup you get with your tea party play set!
There's a good reason why Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson was chosen to portray The Mountain in Game of Thrones. At 6ft 9in and 400 pounds, he is roughly the size of a small hill. So it's no surprise that when Björnsson posted a photo of himself enjoying some hot chocolate, people initially thought he was holding a toy instead of a regular-sized mug.
Björnsson, who is also called Thor, shared the photo on his official Instagram account. It shows the Game of Thrones actor with his wife Kelsey Henson in the snowy outdoors and they are both holding mugs of hot choco. It's a sweet picture of the couple yet people couldn't help but comment about the size of Björnsson's mug.
We're not even sure if that mug's real.
25 Useful Inventions That We Need In Everyday Life
#1 is a must!
There are people all over the world who are inventing new products every day. Hundreds of new ideas for inventions are probably registered daily, and most of them can really help make our lives a lot easier.
The coolest thing about a lot of these inventions is that they combine all sorts of simple products we know and use every day into new convenient combinations. Here are 25 useful inventions that we need in everyday life.
1. A USB port in a bus.
Geologist Gets Revenge On Neighbors Who Blocked Her Car With A Huge Boulder
“[They] forgot I am a geologist.”
What would you do if there was a huge boulder blocking your car preventing you from getting to work? Most of us would probably call on a few friends to move the thing away. However, one geologist took matters into her own hands and got back at the drunk neighbors who tried to get her into trouble in the first place.
Melissa Scruggs is a volcanology Ph. D. candidate who has been dealing with rowdy neighbors in the past year. Although her neighbors were usually considerate, things got out of hand when they had a big party. A huge boulder that had been meant to keep the fence steady was inexplicably moved right in front of Scruggs' car. Unfortunately, this could prevent her from going to work that morning.
This could be the worst thing to wake up to, unless you're a geologist.