Let’s take a moment to close our eyes and imagine a beach vacation, the somber wind blowing, the noises from the ocean filling us up, and the blue sky soothing our souls. Even thinking about it makes us feel at peace. Similarly, in a recent study, it was revealed that childhood exposure to “blue spaces” like beaches, rivers, and lakes can have substantial and long-lasting advantages for well-being.
Some Survey Highlights
- This survey called for 15,000 participants from around the world from 18 different countries.
- Participants talked about their pasts up to the age of 16, noting how frequently they went to blue areas and how familiar they are with their surroundings.
- Additionally, they talked about their most recent interactions with blue and green spaces during the preceding four weeks as well as their mental health over the previous two weeks.
- The outcomes were uniform across all nations and areas. In addition, adults showed stronger degrees of joy around bodies of water, more familiarity and comfort around rivers, lakes, and coasts have a greater predisposition to enjoy outdoor activities in nature. Their mood and wellbeing were consequently improved.
Blue and Beyond
It’s not just blue space but spending a significant amount of time in a green setting helps to uplift the mood. People’s levels of physical activity can rise in natural surroundings, which can also improve well-being and mood while reducing stress. Particularly blue spaces contain special sensory characteristics, including wave sounds and light reflections that can lift moods.