You don’t need to actually get in the water to get most of the benefits of living by the water, just being in the sea air can give you a boost — physically, mentally and emotionally.
When it comes to luxury real estate, ocean views are — unsurprisingly — the most coveted. Living near what scientists refer to as “blue space” can lower stress levels and make us feel happier, according to a 2016 study in New Zealand, which compared people’s mental health to how much green or blue space they could see from their homes. Green spaces, like parks, didn’t make the same impact on overall levels of happiness.
Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist and author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do, believes everyone has an inherently “blue mind” — “a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment” — that’s activated when we spend time near water.
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Humans are, after all, made up of 50 to 65 percent water. The health benefits of life by the water are powerful, easy to absorb and seem to be as limitless as the ocean itself.