Research seeks proof, seaside living is healthier

| 02/10/2013

(BBC): We have long taken it for granted that a lungful of sea air and getting sand between our toes is good for our wellbeing and the latest census data reveals that people living near the sea are happier than those inland. Now a new study at the University of Exeter is trying to find out if we can harness the benefits for people living miles from the sea. "We know that city living can really affect our mental health and wellbeing, and undermine it, but also our physical health, particularly through the release of stress hormones and exercising less," said Dr Mathew White, who is leading the project. "What we're really interested in doing is reconnecting people with the natural environment, to try and reduce that stress."
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