I just ran a poll on linked in. Not surprisingly, 100% of the people who’ve responded to the poll agreed with my question whether “Being Near Water Makes Us Happier.”
What do you think?
I just read an article on CN Traveler titled https://www.cntraveller.com/gallery/why-being-near-water-really-does-make-us-happier
The article says “there are scientific reasons why we’re so drawn to lakes, rivers, and oceans.” And “since humans started exploring the planet, we’ve followed the water. Crossing oceans gave way to new discoveries and changed the course of history; chasing rivers opened our horizons. As travellers, we seek waterways on holiday, driving new coastlines in search of wild surf spots. We return to familiar blue spaces we grew up around. Month after month, water graces the covers of travel magazines.”
I certainly can share that I wholeheartedly agree. And the vast majority of my clients too. When they are stressed out, and need to return to a new calm, they seek out water. When they are celebrating or reuniting with family, they seek out water. And if they just want to get away from work and noise and responsibilities, they seek out water.
Is it true for you?
Pulling from the article, it notes that being near water :
- gives us an immeasurable sense of peace
- gives us the ‘blue mind’ – a chance to escape the hyper-connected, overstimulated state of modern-day life, in favour of a rare moment of solitude.
- studies have found that people who live near the coast are generally healthier and happier.
- real-estate data suggests a water view adds a 116.1 per cent premium to a property; and real-world figures reveal we’re willing to pay 10 to 20 per cent more for the same room with a sea view in a hotel
- Our love of water is pervasive, and the reasons behind why we travel – and rack up hefty credit-card bills – to be beside the water can be hard to articulate. ‘You’re paying for a feeling
- ‘Water pulls on me the way the moon pulls on it. It’s just in my blood and bones. It makes me feel alive in a deep, calm way. It sort of brings me in.’
- ‘PEOPLE WHO FELL ASLEEP LISTENING TO RUSHING WATER OR RAIN FALLING SLEPT MORE DEEPLY AND HAD THEIR MEMORIES BOOSTED
- When we physically enter the water, our bodies can rest muscles used every day and work others that are used far less frequently. Not only that, but we give up gravity, something that’s somatically a break for your brain.
- If we are close to someone, they join us in that private bubble and conversations become more intimate; an intimate conversation while walking the beach with waves nearby becomes more private,
- ‘Our oceans, waterways and the life they contain are so much more than their ecological, economic and educational value. They have vast emotional benefits. They make life on earth possible, but also worth living,
Read the full article here https://www.cntraveller.com/gallery/why-being-near-water-really-does-make-us-happier – and let me know – does being near water make you happier?