Study Shows That Living Near Water Is Linked to Better Mental Health
It’s no surprise that many people find a sense a calmness and relaxation when they’re close to water. But what most don’t know, however, is that this feeling of well-being and relaxation is now backed by scientific research. One such research published in the journal Health & Place has shown that a large body of water has a tremendous positive impact on the health even if people are living in an urban environment.
The target city for the research was Wellington, New Zealand. The researchers wanted to see just how water, or a blue space in front of your eyes, can affect people. They mapped out coastlines, parks, forested areas which were in view of people and then compared them with the overall well-being of the people in the city.
“Increased views of blue space is significantly associated with lower levels of psychological distress,” Amber L. Pearson, one of the report’s authors, concluded in a press release. “However, we did not find that with green space.”
“It could be because the blue space was all natural, while the green space included human-made areas, such as sports fields and playgrounds, as well as natural areas such as native forests,” Pearson explained. “Perhaps if we only looked at native forests we might find something different.”