There is a direct relationship between our environment and the feeling of happiness. This has been confirmed by diverse neurology studies known as “mappiness studies”, which show that people feel happier when surrounded by nature, especially places which are close to water. Experts have discovered that being near to and seeing a water source activates certain areas in the brain related to happiness.
‘The Blue Gym Effect’
The ‘Blue Gym’ is an initiative created by Michael Depledge and William Bird in 2009 and determined that people living near the coast have a greater sense of health and wellbeing than those living further away from the sea. It found that people feel more relaxed, have a closer relationship with nature, achieve better social interaction, and are less stressed when closer to water.
A beach, lake, river…These would be the best places to experience the feeling of happiness. But the study found that environments which replicate them, such as an outdoor pools, fountains, water parks, or lagoons can also help give us that feeling.