Every now and then researchers come out with a new study that truly wows you and utterly changes the way you once thought — a paradigm shift, if you will and if you’re someone who doesn’t regurgitate at the sound of every overly used corporate buzzword from the past 25 years.
This study, however, is not one of them.
A study co-authored by Michigan State University’s Amber L. Pearson is the first to find a link between health and the visibility of water, which the researchers call blue space. I believe the study was funded by a generous grant from the I Already Knew That Foundation.
Apparently, folks are happier, healthier, less stressed and significantly less wacko when they spend time around water, especially at the beach. Now, I feel quite happy myself when I’m out in some quiet greenspace — such as a forest or in the woods behind my under-construction house — but there’s just nothing that compares to being at the beach.
Of course, I imagine being at the ocean is only less stressful to the extent that climate change is not threatening to raise the sea levels enough to wash away your beach home.
If you find this study hard to believe — something I’d find hard to believe — you can check it out for yourself at this link. Meanwhile, I’ve got another excuse to head to the beach whenever possible. I’ve got to have my blue space. That’s hard to find here in Perry, Georgia, so I’ve started a colony of Smurfs in the backyard and am playing a lot of Jimmy Buffett music.
For now, it’s the best I can do.
For more about the immense value of scientific studies, John Oliver nails it in this segment from “Last Week Tonight”: