Posted by: aboutalbion | November 29, 2019

In praise of the sea shore

I’ve posted a series of photos over the summer in praise of the green walking spaces near my home on the south coast of the UK.  And now I find that I can go further and praise the benefits of blue spaces, of living near the coast.

This follows my reading of an online feature article from one of the UK’s ‘quality’ newspapers.  I shall simply ‘cut and paste’ a selection of sentences from the article.  (It is cited at the end if you wish to read the whole piece.)

“’People who visit the coast at least twice weekly tend to experience better general and mental health,’ says Dr Lewis Elliott [University of Exeter].

“An extensive 2013 study on happiness in natural environments … [revealed that] … marine and coastal [environments] were found … to be the happiest locations …”.

“… water has a psychologically restorative effect … inducing positive mood and reducing negative mood and stress …”.

“… the sea has a meditative quality – whether it is crashing or still, or you are in the water or observing from the shore.”

“’To go to the sea is synonymous with letting go,’ says Catherine Kelly [outdoor wellbeing researcher based at Brighton].  ‘It could be lying on a beach … it could be a wild, empty coast.  But there is this really human sense of, ‘Oh, look, there’s the sea’ – and the shoulders drop.”

[“Blue spaces: why time spent near water is the secret of happiness” by Elle Hunt.  Guardian online, accessed 3 November 2019.]


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