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In this stunning book, intuition and instinct meet modern science as the therapeutic benefits of being in, on or by the sea are explained and explored, and how, if we look after the oceans they will in turn look after us.
The unfathomable vastness of the oceans, significantly larger than the continentscombined, and brimming with strange sounds and sensations, seems to beckon to humans in a deep-seated way. Throughout history, people have always gravitated to live near the sea, it is part of the survival instinct. Water also has huge cultural and spiritual
significance for people through the ages and for centuries we looked to the sand and surf as a fully-stocked pharmacy.
Despite the widespread intuitive feeling that being by the sea makes us happier and healthier, there hasn't been much scientific evidence to quantify this connection. Until now. Environmental psychology is the study of how the natural environment makes us feel, think and behave, and scientists in this area are discovering the tangible benefits of
breathing in the fresh sea air.
Reasons to spend time by the sea:
1. Just looking at the sea can promote reductions in heart rate and improvements in mood.
2. The negative ions in sea air accelerate your ability to absorb oxygen, and balance your seratonin levels.
3. The bracing climate is especially beneficial to the respiratory organs and the skin, and also improves circulation and strengthens the body's defences.
4. Spending time by the sea promotes better mental health.
5. When you are by the sea you are more likely to exercise.
About the Author
Dr Deborah Cracknell is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Medical School, with a primary research focus on the relationships between people and the marine environment.
As an interdisciplinary researcher, Deborah is particularly interested in the influence of marine biodiversity on human health and well-being.