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Spirital Environment Brings People Healthy and Happiness


Does health really matter in our daily lives?

He Yihan

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From Tim Townshend’s talk on October 6, we usually get some effective knowledge that the environment should be kept healthy for people’s daily use, as a significant portion of this group requires some level of health care. They are vulnerable, so we need to provide some reasonable assistance, not only economically, but also in terms of social infrastructure. It will be related to the happiness of humanity.

The origin of health

Tom talks about how when we live in a contemporary era, everyone inevitably faces a common problem: lifestyle diseases. It is associated with one key word: health, which at the time WHO (1948) defined as “a state of complete physical, mental and social health.” This means that health is closely linked to urban development, which is essential for the development of sociology, even connected to small benches in public spaces such as the environment, buildings, streets and squares.

William H. Whyte in City Reder 5th: The City Reader – University of Newcastle (


In ancient Greece, Epidaurus would be built to define “health.” From our point of view, it may be a theater or an arena, however, it is a place of healing, and if there are children or someone is sick, many people will travel long distances to this holy place in search of blessings. Due to the decline in medical science and technology, this may be the only way, coupled with the use of simple and coarse herbs. Therefore, people have a preliminary concept.

Copyright by unecso, World Heritage Convention:Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus – Gallery – UNESCO World Heritage Centre


Confronted Challenge And Solution

As the technology gradually upgrading and improving in the long river of the history, we came to industrial era with a suitable and well-qualified life in economy.However, there is a serious drawback exposed: healthy disease. I think it could affect people’s spiritual state because people do not pursue not only the material level. There are several maladies we need to discover and solve.

First of all, environment quality decides people’s healthy lifetime. If you expect the healthier life without disability, you need to live in a developed, slow-paced and a green environment. It is more like a retired life when people has nothing to do, just relaxing for themselves. The next point is city’s perfection in infrastructure and other urban construction. Healthy homes, green infrastructure, active travel, food environment, shopping mall, each part should be connected closely and interacted together so that it can achieve the multiplied positive results. What’s more, the developing industry leads to several fields of pollution which can destroy the earth, even worse, it could damage our healthy issues, including our lifetime. There is air pollution, water pollution, reduced physical activities, etc. As a result, we need to slow down the industrialization process. It is also slowing down our rhythm of life. About last week’s reading, I’ve read about Jehn Gehl’s article in City Reader 5th, P530-P539, as his said, we need to increase our outdoor activities’ times and choose the favorite type what we can. So returning to the life is definitely important.

On the other hand, the government should pay attention to city’s development and control the evolutive regulation. For this point, I believe Europe is a good example which means they have a great emphasis on historical prevention and heritage. For example, Paris, old town will not be allowed to build the new construction which means it is forbidden. Consequently, people in Paris have a healthier and well-being life.

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