The Sea Casts Its Spell, and We Are in Awe
“The sea, once it casts its spell, does indeed hold us in its net of wonder forever.” –Celine Cousteau
Here at 365 Ocean, we know how very true those words are.
But what is it about being near the water that is so universally calming? Believe it or not, the answer aligns with science. That’s right: it’s not just that you “feel” better when you’re near the water, there’s actual science behind it!
Best-selling author and marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind, says that merely being close to a body of water promotes mental health and happiness. “The term ‘blue mind’ describes the mildly meditative state we fall into when near, in, on, or under water. It’s the antidote to what we refer to as ‘red mind,’ which is the anxious, over-connected, and over-stimulated state that defines the new normal of modern life.”
The science behind “blue mind”
Researchers have linked positive emotions—particularly the awe we feel when touched by the beauty of nature, art and spirituality—with lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are proteins that signal the immune system to work harder.
“Our findings demonstrate that positive emotions are associated with the markers of good health,” said Jennifer Stellar, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto and lead author of the study, which she conducted while at UC Berkeley.
Awe is not only mentally invigorating but also appears to be physiologically beneficial. Research shows that it may lower your risk of inflammation, ease stress, aid your immunity, and enhance your well-being.
Your Oceanfront Sanctuary Awaits
Isn’t it time you gave yourself the gift of awe? Visit our Information Center, open weekends 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment by calling Ted Hanley at (732) 749-5797. Private hardhat tours are also available—be sure to schedule yours with Ted in advance!