Glancing through resort advertisements, you can’t help but notice the overwhelming presence of ocean and coastline beckoning you to leave all your stressors behind. It’s no accident that blue spaces—which include all waterscapes and their environments—are front and center in vacation ads, or that condos with a water view are priced at a premium. Humans feel an ancient and irresistible pull toward the water, and the fields of evolutionary and psychological study have been turning up evidence of how deep and influential this drive can be.
Essentially, blue spaces have the power to improve our mental and physical health and foster meaningful mind-body connections—similar to the way that exercise can. “A blue space setting can increase one’s physical activity levels, boost mood and well-being, and lower stress and anxiety,” says Reena B. Patel, LEP, BCBA, positive psychologist, and licensed educational board certified behavior analyst.
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