The ocean is something that has always attracted humans. Even the coasts near the oceans have different civilizations living on them. Water is a source of relaxation, creativity, calm and clarity for everyone.
But, have you ever wondered about the effects oceans have on our mind? Wallace J. Nichols is a marine biologist who describes the ocean as a ‘blue mind’. It brings people into a moderate meditative state and they feel at peace, calm and united. They also feel very satisfied and happy. This is something which especially appears when a person is around or in water.
Nichols has written a book about the effect water has on our mind. It’s called “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.” He also explains that this is the main reason why people enjoy listening to the murmur of some stream, surfing and floating. It all offers immense relaxation.
As to the auditory perspective, the sound of the ocean is considered to be very simple. The noise ocean causes is simpler than music. Also simplified is the vision. According to Nichols, simplifying information is what causes a relaxed and calm mind. People would enjoy more while looking at the horizon than being in a crowded city or even a room.
The water, sea or ocean stimulates the production of hormones called oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin. They all contribute to our happiness. When we are near water, our anxiety decreases and our calmness increases. It’s even more effective than any medicine. It also strengthens our connection with nature. Being near water improves our complete health. According to Nichols, water is our first and original habitat when we were in the maternal womb. Our body comprises 75% of water. Almost 80% of the world’s population lives close to water.
You don’t need to do anything special nor meditate. You just have to sit near a river, the sea or the ocean. Even an aquarium in your room might be helpful! Another thing that can help you is watch a photo of water or listen to a CD which produces the sounds waves offer. That’s how you activate Blue Mind. At some point, you’ll even feel the smell that’s surrounding the water!
Nichols also claims that the color blue has also been connected to relaxation in previous studies. Leslie Harrison, who is the director of the Association of Color of U.S.A., claims that this color decreases our blood flow.
According to some studies performed by scientists from the University of Exeter, UK, people who live closer to the coast of England feel happier and healthier.
Even the sight of water offers an immense mental health benefits. Now, you know why you may be a great fan of water!
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