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Blue spaces: why time spent near water is the secret of happiness

Sit by the Water

Our body's proximity to water – large flowing rivers and the coastal regions, has been associated with positive effects on our health and wellbeing.

Just like being in nature is good for health, being near water is shown to be beneficial for the body and mind.

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Blue spaces: why time spent near water is the secret of happiness

Blue spaces: why time spent near water is the secret of happiness

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/03/blue-space-living-near-water-good-secret-of-happiness

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Seaside Therapy

Seaside living generally has more sunlight and less pollution, promoting better health and more of vitamin D to the people living there.

People who are living near the sea also are more likely to spend time outdoors in some activity or exercise.

Restorative effect of Water

Water has a psychologically restorative effect on humans. It reduces negative mood and stress at a better rate than being in green spaces(nature).

Look at the Sea

Water is an immersive experience as we come in tune with the natural forces. The motion of the wind and the movement of water stirs our body and mind in a cognitive, positive way.

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