When you search for a destination, the app will offer you a route with the shortest distance, but also an alternate one that’s deemed most beautiful. The routes are calculated using the same kind of data collected for the Toronto study, using information like tree inventories, street width, and park data. Using this app you could plot a 25-minute mental health stroll in the middle of a city that increases your exposure to nature for maximum mood-boosting.


I definitely find myself detouring down certain streets here in LA for all sorts of feel-good reasons—trees for sure, but also better sidewalks or weirder architecture. These studies proved that people are happier walking past trees than freeways, but what about all the urban landscapes in-between—skyscrapers vs. strip malls; Victorian vs. modern houses. Maybe soon an app will allow me to set my personal walking environment preferences, guiding me through the city on customized journeys that will increase my happiness along the way. Trees are universally smile-inducing, but I’d argue that my mood would be equally boosted by discovering a really good taco truck.

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