1. You’re more relaxed along the coast
Look at the picture. Stress free, right? The very sight of it can subconsciously calms you… Pictures of urban landscapes elicited activity in the parts of our brains associated with stress, studies have shown participants who were shown nature pictures had heightened activity in the parts associated with “positive outlook, emotional stability and the recollection of happy memories.” Its warm, fresher air and as long as you don’t take you laptop — you WILL be more relaxed!
2. Water returns us to our natural state We’re connected to water from the onset of life. Babies’ bodies are 75 percent water. As we age, we become drier (only 60 percent), but our brains are still three-fourths water and even our bones are 31 percent water.
Simply – When you see or hear the ocean, you know “you’re in the right place.”
3. Blue, it turns out, is the world’s favorite color. A 2003 research project that surveyed 232 people from around the world about their associations with various colors. Forty-two percent of men said blue was their favorite color, while 35 percent of the women surveyed said the same thing — a majority in both brackets.
Scientifically we evolved on a planet that is primarily shades of water and sky blue, so it makes sense that blue stimulates a positive emotional response. It also found that we feel less fatigued and claustrophobic when we’re around the color blue.
4. The Benefits of Fresh Air. Sadly so many of us work in an office setting with fluorescent lighting and rather stale recycled air. The worst is those of use stuck in cars for long drives, airplanes, hotel rooms, hospitals, banks — you get the point. Modern man unlike our ancestors that roamed daily outside (albeit looking for food). It has been reported that more than half of us don’t even leave our office for about 8 ours and many don’t make it away from our desk at lunch. Now imagine cool breeze, salty air, waves breaking on shore and sunlight streaming off the water or down on the sand. Inhale and it immediately takes you to the tranquil beach vacation.
I’m so committed to this notion I bought several condos on the white sandy beaches of Treasure Island, Florida – rehabbed them and now rent then year long — so please check out paradise at Riley’s Retreat!
See you on the sand!