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WHY THE BEACH MAKES US SO HAPPY

Posted by Lorea Thomson on Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 12:55pm.

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Living near the beach is the best therapy.  As the sun streams in the floor to ceiling panes of the oceanside condominium, and a smile graces the face of our guests, it dawns on me, the ocean view is great therapy.  

Many visitors frequent Jupiter and the Singer Island areas looking to get a piece of the restorative beach.  There is a lot of research indicating what sounds humans find stress inducing and obnoxious and what sounds are most pleasing.   It turns out the most pleasurable sounds have predictable wave patterns, soft volumes, and harmonic frequencies at regular intervals. Traffic and airplane noise cause the body to release higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, which can lead to ulcers and heart disease.  Sounds from the ocean, by contrast, can actually lead to a decrease in cortisol levels.  www.cdc.gov/heartdisease

There is also the emotional component of safety.  Some say, the ocean triggers deep memories, or feelings of relaxation – some have gone as far as to say, recalling your mothers heartbeat in the womb.  Michael Merzenich, PhD, a professor emeritus at the University of California, states that we have evolved as mammals, and as such, at the beach there is no place for a threat to lurk, unlike in the dense forest.  In the woods, dangerous animals hide in trees; in big cities, we worry about criminals.
 
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