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The second Consumer Travel Index question dived into blue mind science asking respondents to share the impact of being near or in an ocean, river, stream or lake on their physical, emotional and psychological health.
Results showed 77 percent of respondents experience a boost in happiness and 69 percent experience a reduction in stress while being near the water.
Only 11 percent of respondents said that being near or in a body of water does not impact their health.
“As an avid traveler, I realized at an early age that being exposed to the ocean, in particular, alleviated any stress I was feeling at the time. From playing in the waves at Florida beaches as a child to scuba diving explorations later in life, I understood that enjoying the water is more than a fun pastime — it is a natural way to rest and recharge,” says Brown. “It’s evident our customers understand the health benefits of water as they continue to re-book our scuba liveaboard and river cruise destinations year after year.”
Recently, scientists have discovered evidence that indicates interacting with water may be a potent antidote to anxiety and other stress-associated mental and physical health conditions. For example, when a person’s face is underwater, research has found that heart rate slows, and blood vessels constrict while blood is redistributed from the limbs to the brain, heart, and other central organs. At the same time, the body’s “fight-or-flight” responses tend to relax as well.
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