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Strong links between children’s happiness and playing outside


A new UNICEF report shows strong links between children’s happiness and the frequency of playing outside.

The Worlds of Influence: Understanding What Shapes Child Well-being in Rich Countries report states that children who live in neighbourhoods with places to play tend to be happier than those who do not. It also notes that children are more likely to play outside if their parents involved them in making decisions about their lives, if they live in more affluent families and if they live in neighbourhoods with good play facilities.

The report assesses children’s mental well-being, physical health, academic and social skills from 41 countries, including the UK. It explores children’s experiences against their country’s policies and social, educational, economic and environmental contexts. The report shows that children’s well-being is influenced by their own actions and relationships, by the networks and resources of their caregivers and by public policies and the national context.

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