“Water is the driving force of all nature.” — Leonardo da Vinci

Why do millions of people around the world make it a priority to visit the beach as often as they can? This is because water is the element of joy and happiness. This fact isn’t merely spiritual or psychological. It’s straight up bio-physical. According to psychologist Dr. Richard Shuster, looking out at a water body is one of the most relaxing sensations the brain can experience [1].

“Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state,” he said. Oxygen atoms are usually in abundance around water bodies, and they have an extra electron which contributes to natural negative ion therapy, a process that increases positive vibes and lifts sour moods [2].

Water bodies are dominantly blue in color, and the color blue is regarded as one of the most soothing colors in the world [3]. Blue is serene, peaceful, calming, and relaxing. Cool colors literally leave a sensation of coolness and relaxation all over the mind and body. People who are volatile and dealing with anger issues are usually advised to paint their rooms and office spaces a deep shade of blue or purple [4].

Water is pure peace

Images of oceans, seas, lakes, and other water bodies are often used in mood therapy to soothe the mind. Merely thinking about water or daydreaming about a trip to Venice is enough to relax the mind and put a person at peace.

The ultimate way to harness the cooling energy of water is to live near it (or on it). This is why people who live in beach towns are always happy, lively, and cheerful. Water life is a constant source of holistic therapy.

One of the most interesting books ever written about the power of water is 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, written by Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols. Nichols is a widely traveled scientist and water therapy expert. His book vividly explains the positive effects of water on the human mind and body, and how living near water translates to living one’s best life.

“The term “blue mind” describes the mildly meditative state we fall into when near, in, on or under water,” Nichols said to USA Today [5]. “It’s the antidote to what we refer to as “red mind,” which is the anxious, over-connected and over-stimulated state that defines the new normal of modern life. Research has proven that spending time near the water is essential to achieving an elevated and sustained happiness.”

Water enables a person to connect with the deepest parts of their souls – those depths where the purest kind of tranquility is usually found. Nichols explains that living near water is the greatest form of aquatic therapy for reducing stress levels, depression, anxiety, and even PTSD. Water may also be sued to manage conditions such as autism, addiction, insomnia, and high heart rates [6].

Most of us have access to water, lakes or oceans in some form — and we underutilize their potential,” Nichols said. “Whether it’s a deeply relaxing vacation or a weekend getaway, water is the best way to reset. I just want it to be common knowledge that sitting by the water quietly is really good for you. And I want parents and teachers to teach our young people that … and tell them if you are having a bad day, get to the water and you will feel much better.”

Do water. It’s magical

I’m not getting old without living at least a year in Venice. I have to experience the magic too. There’s only Venice in the world, but there are other floating cities, villages, oceanic cities that offer the same other-worldly serenity. Loreto Island in Lake Iseo, Italy, Halong Bay Floating Village in Vietnam, Whuzen in China, and Lindau in Germany are definitely places everyone should take at least one trip to in their lifetime.

Let your mind go blue once in a while, especially if you live in a busy, crowded, hot or bustling city. You’d find yourself constantly irritated and feeling suffocated. Take an occasional trip to a lake or a river and let nature’s ultimate healing therapy take its course on your mind and spirit.

As long as the water is clean, healthy, and safe, it doesn’t hurt to harness the powerful soothing energy of blue once in a while.

References:

  1. What the beach does to your brain“, NBC News. July, 2017.
  2. Negative Ions Create Positive Vibes“, Web MD.
  3. “The effect of colors on our mood“, The Daily Star. February, 2018.
  4. “Feeling Angry? Go for Blue“, Karmic Ally Coaching.
  5. Blue Mind: Why being near the water makes you happy.“, USA Today. November, 2017.
  6. The Benefits of Aquatic Therapy for Kids with Autism“, The Health Voyager. June, 2015.
  7. 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“, Amazon.
  8. Welcome to Venice“, Lonely Planet.
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