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Time spent around water found to contribute to happiness

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    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Naturally Camouflaged [my scoffingly uncritical tinning]
    An extensive 2013 study on happiness in natural environments – to White’s mind, “one of the best ever” – prompted 20,000 smartphone users to record their sense of wellbeing and their immediate environment at random intervals. Marine and coastal margins were found by some distance to be the happiest locations, with responses approximately six points higher than in a continuous urban environment. The researchers equated it to “the difference between attending an exhibition and doing housework”.

    Although living within 1km (0.6 miles) of the coast – and to a lesser extent, within 5km (3.1 miles) – has been associated with better general and mental health, it seems to be the propensity to visit that is key. “We find people who visit the coast, for example, at least twice weekly tend to experience better general and mental health,” says Dr Lewis Elliott, also of the University of Exeter and BlueHealth. “Some of our research suggests around two hours a week is probably beneficial, across many sectors of society.” Even sea views have been associated with better mental health.

    White says there are three established pathways by which the presence of water is positively related to health, wellbeing and happiness. First, there are the beneficial environmental factors typical of aquatic environments, such as less polluted air and more sunlight. Second, people who live by water tend to be more physically active – not just with water sports, but walking and cycling.

    Third – and this is where blue space seems to have an edge over other natural environments – water has a psychologically restorative effect. White says spending time in and around aquatic environments has consistently been shown to lead to significantly higher benefits, in inducing positive mood and reducing negative mood and stress, than green space does.

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    stl1 African Astronaut
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    the man who put it in my hood Naturally Camouflaged
    If you wan' go wash, na water you go use
    If you want cook soup, na water you go use
    If your head dey hot, na water go cool am
    If your child dey grow, na water he go use
    If water kill your child, na water you go use
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    the man who put it in my hood Naturally Camouflaged
    Didn't the president of Jamaica declare war on the ocean once?

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    stl1 African Astronaut
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    the man who put it in my hood Naturally Camouflaged
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    stl1 African Astronaut
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    Dregs African Astronaut [that freakishly double-edged allmouth]
    fuck andy griffith
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    stl1 African Astronaut
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    tee hee hee Space Nigga [slangily complete this slumberer]
    I believe it with all my soul and even some of yours!
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