There’s just something soothing about the ocean. No matter how busy you get at work, once you go to the beach, hear the waves and feel the sea breeze, you’ll feel peace from within.
It turns out that there exists a link between ocean or sea view and mental health, according to a new scientific study. The study, published in the journal Health & Place, was conducted by scientists at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, together with researchers from Michigan State University. It found that having an increased view of nature helps in lowering psychological distress.
To get to their findings, researchers looked into 450 individuals from Wellington city. These people were given different blue and green spaces from different residential locations within the city. For the blue space, the subjects were given the view of the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea. For the green space, they had green parks and grassy, sports field as their view.
Comparing the two groups while taking into consideration their gender, age, and wealth. Researchers found that blue space is more strongly associated with lower psychological distress. In contrast, similar results were not observed among individuals in the green space group, this could be because the blue space was all from nature – like the ocean, while the green space can also be manmade such as the grassy fields.
One of the authors of the study, Amber L. Pearson, said that if the green space would’ve been all natural, different results may be observed. With that said, researchers suggest that more studies should be done to confirm if blue space can help with mental health if the location is in cities.
However the study turns out, we can’t really deny that the ocean is gorgeous and if you want to take a break from the bustling city life and de-stress, get a dose of “ vitamin Sea.”
Want to Have Good Skin? Avoid Eating These Foods
A healthy, glowing and clear skin depends on what you don’t eat. Put down that slice of cake now.
Your skin is the largest organ of the body. And the one most exposed as well. That’s why doctors have always told us time and again to take care of our skin. Apart from using only hypo-allergenic products, food plays an integral part on having flawless, smooth and glowing skin.
Yep, the food you eat or don’t eat greatly affects your overall health, and that includes your skin. Feed it junk and you end up getting dry, scaly and itchy skin that signals something is also wrong with your internal organs. Ingest veggies and fruits and you’ll notice that inner glow.
Skin care experts and dermatologists have revealed the top 9 common foods you need to give up for a clearer complexion:
4 Cute Kittens Sit and Listen to a Malaysian Street Singer Who Everyone Else Ignored
The kittens definitely appreciate his music.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” But sometimes, it seems that even animals understand the message that a song conveys.
We’ve seen a handful of amazingly cute videos that feature dogs that sing along with their humans. There are also those who appear to know how to play a musical instrument. That gives us an idea that, somehow, some pets love music as much as we do---just like these tiny cats.
In the video, you'll see and hear a Malaysian busker as he plays an upbeat song.
11 Weird Phobias You Probably Didn’t Know About
There are phobias and then there are really weird phobias. What are you most afraid of?
Everyone is afraid of something. Fear is an instant and normal reaction when we think we think that our lives are threatened or in danger. Being scared can be traced to your childhood experiences. You may have been through a tragic car accident which is why you’re afraid of speeding vehicles, or drowning in a pool that’s why you don’t like swimming.
People who develop phobias seek medical help so that they are able to cure themselves of their fears. Now, scientists are doing research work on understanding fears to help overcome them in the future. It takes a lot of time to conquer fears but if you let it overcome you, it would be hard to get even the most trivial things done. Below are some of the unusual phobias you probably didn’t know existed:
11. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia or sesquipedaliophobia
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