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A study from the European Centre for Environment and Human Health followed 2,750 people in England over two years and found that most enjoy the seaside better than the countryside or urban parks.
And while all outdoor places are refreshing, the greatest pleasure comes from exercising beside the sea... regardless of a person's age or home environment or who they're travelling with or if they're alone.
The researchers suggest several possibilities (or all of them!):
- People respond positively to the way light plays on the water or the sounds of the sea
- We have social or cultural expectations about the benefits of the seaside
- We have individual associations, like happy childhood memories
H/T the BBC.