Our affinity for water is reflected by the almost universal attraction of the blue color (chosen as the favorite color of most people around the world). In addition, marketing research has found that people tend to associate the blue color with qualities such as calmness, openness, depth, and wisdom.
According to author Wallace J. Nichols in “Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do”, we have a “blue mind”. This concept means that we are programmed to react positively to the water and that’s why being close to it can calm us down.
So being close to the ocean brings us many benefits, such as:
Give our brain a rest
Our brains need downtime due to the over-information to which we are constantly exposed. Being away from screens for some time, it’s fundamental for our mental health and contact with the Nature is proved to be the perfect way to do it.
Induce a meditative state
Many of us can stay for hours just observing the gentle movements of the water. This meditation can lower levels of stress, anxiety relief, pain and depression. It can also help us to achieve better mental clarity and focus, and better quality of sleep.
Make us more compassionate and connected
Near the sea, it is also common to experience feelings of admiration and wonder, increasing our ability to connect and empathize with everything around us. That is why some of the most romantic moments of our lives happen on the beach and why so many people are choosing to have their wedding and honeymoons near the ocean.
Help us to exercise
All exercise is great, but when done close to the sea it can be even better. If someone is dealing with a great amount of stress, exercise is always great, but when this exercise is done near the sea it has a more intense relaxing and relieving effect to our bodies and souls.
According to an analysis of English census data published in the journal Health Place, those who live by the coast report better physical and mental health than those who don’t. So, if we ever needed a good reason to a sweet escape to the beach, now we sure have one.
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