To Reduce Stress, Hit the Beach
Researchers at Michigan State are confirming what beach bums already suspected: Those living by the water are less stressed.
The study looked at residents of Wellington, New Zealand. It broke them down by whether they lived in areas with views of green spaces or blue spaces. Seaside residents said they were less stressed.
“Green and blue spaces are recognized as therapeutic or salutogenic places and may lower psychological distress by serving as calming backdrops in residential neighborhoods,” the authors write.
They aren’t certain whether their results would hold with other bodies of water, such as the Great Lakes. “If the type of water is salient, this may relate not only to the visibility of the ocean, but the other sensory stimuli related to the ocean, including the sound of waves and the smell of air passing over the ocean,” they write.
Give it a try, if you can.