The increasing number of residential high-rises in our cities is generating work for removal men and decorators – and psychologists too. These academics want to know some basic stuff, not least whether people are actually happy up there on the 32nd floor. This question, among many others, is dissected in psychologist Dr Paul Keedwell’s new book Headspace: The Psychology of City Living. Unfortunately the answers he comes back with are not encouraging: it seems we harbour deep fears of falling from a window and being trapped in a fire. And Keedwell points out that these fears are well founded: people who live in high-rises seem to be more prone to suicide, perhaps just for the banal reason that the temptation to leap is there. And the further up you live, the more miserable you tend to be. Why? Keedwell says that while more research is needed, it’s probably because social connections – even just bumping into people in the lobby – work better on the lower floors. Who knew that a bungalow could be the solution to a happy future.