Why Living by the Water Makes us Happy

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” – Loren Eisley

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We have all had those moments near the water that feel absolutely magical. Whether that is on a boat or in a kayak, on a stand-up paddle board or swimming, or simply lounging on the beach –feelings of peace and serenity wash over you just like wave.

And don’t just take my word for it. There is scientific evidence that supports that living near the water is good for you. Research has found that nature itself is therapeutic and promotes health and well-being. A 2016 study found that living within sight of water is directly correlated to lower stress levels. Even manmade water features like fountains, ponds, and canals can produce the same effect.

Wallace J. Nichols, marine biologist and author, call this “blue mind” and authored the book on the subject. Nichols advocates that that a “mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment” can be activated by spending time in, on, or near the water.

So perhaps it is time to take Nichol’s prescription for the Blue Mind Rx…go swimming, get out on a boat, walk along the shoreline, go fishing, watch wildlife as these are best practices for health and wellness.

Luckily in Port Ludlow there are endless opportunities to get in your daily Blue Mind….

Hike Beach Loop Trail and walk alongside the water


Kayak through the Twin Islands

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Catch at trout at Teal Lake


Paddleboard at Shine Tidelands State Park

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Comb for Beach Glass

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How do you get your “blue mind”? Share your photos and thoughts with us on Facebook or Instagram: @westharborhomes.

Written by: Kaitlin Chester