There’s more than one way to . . . feel better
Get a new perspective. Climb a tree.
Get your feet wet. Literally.
Am I lucky, or what! Not only do I live in a house with running water, I live close to the ocean (Pacific to be exact). There’s evidence that some people are especially sensitive to the effects of water and even feel their mood lifted by fresh, humid air.
I am one of the 30%. Even a humid breeze lifts my spirits. I remember getting off a plane in Hawaii, breathing in the fresh, humid breeze and instantly feeling my mood elevate. Perhaps it’s not only the incredible beauty of islands that attracts but the humidity that lifts the spirits?
The atmosphere we breathe, normally is full of positive and negative ions. However, air conditioning, lack of ventilation, and long dry spells remove negative ions from the air. The proportion of negative ions is highest around moving water – storms, oceans, rivers, waterfalls. No wonder I feel so energized at the beach.
Source: Robert E. Thayer, Biopsychology of Mood and Arousal
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