Peaceful, content… I think that’s what makes poets write poetry, painters paint, musicians make music, and sculptors make sculpture, and why people go to the water and listen to a voice in the water, because it’s more than just happiness.
Neuroscientists say looking at the color blue doubles our creativity. They say that simply walking outside helps break apart bad habits and that being seaside can boost happiness and engender a sense of well-being. Practitioners have found that water-related activities such as kayaking, surfing, wildlife viewing, relaxed gazing, and sound bathing, the practice of simply listening in nature, can be applied therapeutically to mental disorders, post-traumatic stress, autism, and addiction.
Wallace J. Nichols, “Outré Banks of the Mind,” from Catamaran Literary Reader