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Written by Karel Nunnink   

Beach vibes.

 

If you’re hankering for a seaside holiday, you’ve got good reason.

Perhaps not surprisingly, researchers claim that visiting the ocean — rain or shine — makes you feel good.

According to recent research from the European Centre for Environment and Human Health in Truro, Cornwall, even a leisurely stroll along the beach is enough to perk up a bad mood and boost emotional health.

Some scientists are also convinced that the ocean's feel-good effect is due to the turbulence created by breaking waves, which alters the physical structure of the air and water and releases charged ions into the atmosphere. Some say environments filled with negatively charged ions (such as the ocean, or even snowy mountains or near waterfalls) can boost your mood by triggering endorphins and serotonin, or "feel-good" hormones, and increasing blood flow and oxygen in the body.

Even if you're landlocked there are other natural ways to boost well-being. Air ionizers, sold in some mainstream department stores, promise to deliver a similar mood-enhancing effect — as well as reducing allergens and purifying air. Numerous studies support meditation, good sleep, having a pet, and taking long walks as having a positive effect on your health and happiness. Also, a  good laugh with friends may help you feel better, thanks to opiate-like chemicals that flood the brain.

Live long and strong.

Karel.

 

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