A new study finds that a person’s relationship to their trees is a powerful predictor of how well they will fare financially in the future.
A survey of 3,000 American adults conducted by researchers at the University of Washington and Stanford University found that people who feel strongly about their trees, or who think they are “more important than other people’s trees,” are more likely to experience financial problems in the near future.
People who are less likely to feel this way are more financially secure, according to the study.
This is not a surprising finding, as a 2013 study by economists at Stanford University revealed that a more personal relationship to a tree can lead to financial stability.
In addition to the financial consequences, this study found that the greater a person feels about their tree, the lower their lifetime net worth is, according the paper.
“It appears that the more personal the tree is, the less it matters to you,” said lead author Dr. David L. Stumpf, an assistant professor of economics at the UW and senior author of the study published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Stumpf and his colleagues analyzed the financial status of 1,000 Americans ages 18 to 69 who had been surveyed in the past and were in their mid-20s.
They found that, after accounting for a number of variables, including income, homeownership, income level, and wealth, people with higher levels of personal tree pride had a much better chance of financial success in the long run.
The researchers found that having a tree on your property significantly affects how much money you can expect to make in the next 30 years.
In their analysis, Stumpff and his team also found that there are several different types of trees that can help people improve their financial status.
For instance, in one study, researchers used tree measurements from people living in communities with high tree density to measure how people’s incomes were improving over time.
“People who live in a community with low tree density tend to have lower income and poorer social mobility,” Stumpfs said.
The team found that these findings can help improve homeownership rates by showing people how their financial problems might be alleviated.
The research also found people with a tree pride score of 3 or higher had a higher likelihood of living in a high-density community, which may help people move to higher-density areas where they will be more able to afford to maintain and repair their trees.
The study also found high levels of pride and tree pride predicted better financial outcomes.
“Our findings indicate that there may be something about trees that has a direct impact on your financial well-being,” Stumptf said.
“It may be that you’re a more tree-oriented person who is better able to sustain your financial status.”
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