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People are happier in states that spend more money on public places like parks and libraries

As covered by The Washington Post, research from Baylor University finds Americans, regardless of race, income or education, report greater levels of happiness in states that spend more on public goods — such as parks, libraries and nature preserves.

“The happiness boost from public-goods spending is roughly the same across a wide range of demographic variables: race, income, education, etc. That suggests public spending on categories accessible to everyone has a similar effect on the well-being of everyone.”

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