Science Proves the Benefits of Living by Water
According to scientific research, if you see the red color you feel stressed, angry and anxious. However, if you see a blue color you feel relaxed and it can have significant health benefits for you.
Wallace Nichols, a marine biologist says: “People can experience the benefits of the water whether they’re near the ocean, a lake, river, swimming pool or even listening to the soothing sound of a fountain. Most communities are built near bodies of water not just for practical reasons, but because as humans, we’re naturally drawn to blue space…but even if you aren’t in an area where there is easy access to water, you can still experience emotional benefits.”
Those living by water report feelings of peace and wellness, as Herman Melville wrote in Moby Dick:
“Whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”
Scientists are quantifying the positive effects of water on our physical and emotional wellbeing.
Water is considered to be a source of life. It covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and it makes up approximately 70% of our body. Living by the coast leads to better health, physically and mentally. Water can induce a meditative state of mind where we feel more calm, creative, healthier and happier.
Curiosity is the Seed of Science
Science is not lead by particular advanced knowledge or an analytic mind, it’s mostly lead by a curious mind. The greatest scientists in the history of mankind such as Albert Einstein spoke highly about the creative and curious, almost child-like mind.
We are not saying that knowledge is useless of course, but it’s not enough without curiosity. Almost all big inventions were the result of the experimenting of one (or few) creative and curious human beings.
We often times forget to encourage curiosity and creativity in our schools. We too often put children through a marathon of remembering the facts and understanding existing rules and laws.
Great moments in science might end with “Eureka,” but often times they start with “That’s strange.”
Abraham Flexner, the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Study thought that discoveries come from those scientists who are “driven not by the desire to be useful but merely the desire to satisfy their curiosity.” Flexner believed that:
“Indifference to immediate usefulness is a luxury central to the mission of some luxuries of our civilization – the great research universities, free from the tyranny of commercial pressures for short-term results.”
According to Flexner, curiosity is much more important than the immediate use and application. Certain major discoveries were made by accident, such as penicillin.
Alexander Fleming was not trying to find penicillin but his curiosity lead him to discover and understand the medicine that now we can’t imagine living without.